If you’re considering placing your child in day care, there’s a lot to consider. One of the more important things to remember is the importance of child care background checks. It’s not uncommon to ask around to see if friends or colleagues have opinions about certain facilities. Depending on what you hear, you may want to do some more research.
You might want to look the facility’s STARS for KIDS NOW rating. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has a website resource you will find helpful. The page also contains a link to a PowerPoint presentation on the STARS program.
According to the website:
“STARS for KIDS NOW is Kentucky’s voluntary quality rating system for Type I and II licensed child care centers and certified family child care homes. STARS uses a scale of 1 through 4 stars to identify levels of quality. All STAR levels surpass the minimum certification and/or licensing requirements that all programs must meet.”
“STARS for KIDS NOW is a resource available to help parents identify levels of quality when seeking a child care facility. Family child care homes and child care centers participating in STARS for KIDS NOW demonstrate a commitment to providing quality care and education. Parents can use the rating system to better understand the factors that contribute to quality care and education and choose a child care setting that best matches their family’s needs.”
As a mom of 5 children, I realize this is a huge decision. There may be other criteria you want to consider. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a publicly available record of child care centers fined or cited for various violations. That would be a terrific resource, but at this time, that type of information isn’t readily available to the public.
In an upcoming post, I’ll talk more about the background verification requirements for Kentucky child care center workers. For now, I hope this information about the Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW rating is helpful. Good luck in your search!