The Full-Rating Pathway is for all licensed family child care and center-based programs wanting to earn a One-, Two-, Three- or Four-Star Rating. Programs can sign up for Parent Aware up to six months before starting a Full-Rating Cohort. Cohorts are six months long and start on January 1 or July 1 each year.
Programs can also choose to receive additional coaching through Building Quality to learn and implement kindergarten readiness best practices before joining a Cohort. Each option offers a different level of Quality Improvement Supports.
The Accelerated Pathway to Rating (APR) is a streamlined process to earn a Four–Star Rating, and is available to licensed accredited child care and Public School Pre-Kindergarten programs.
These programs already meet or exceed most of the best practices required for a Rating, so they are able to move through the rating process more quickly. Eligible programs can apply anytime.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs are eligible to receive a Four-Star Rating through the Automatic Pathway. These programs are rigorously monitored on an regular basis and must meet federal regulations that match or exceed best practices required for a Parent Aware Rating.
The new Expedited Pathway is designed specifically for owners who oversee multi-site centers with Three- or Four-Star Ratings and may be looking to expand to offer child care in additional locations. Expedited Ratings will be available to licensed child care centers that:
Eligible programs that apply will receive a Three-or-Four Star Parent Aware Rating that is valid for two years as long as programs meet two requirements within six months of receiving the Rating: