STARS Child Care Facilities

Description of Indicator
This indicator determines the number of facilities that received a Keystone STAR rating from one (lowest quality) to four (highest quality). As part of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) initiative, childcare centers and additional early learning program participants are included in the total number of STAR facilities. The quality rating score is based on several factors, including teacher quality, adherence to safety regulations, and connection to family/community members.

Why is it important?
The Keystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistant, Resources, and Supports) rating system helps parents find the best option for their children to receive quality and safe care. These early learning opportunities support brain development and communication skills that will help with future educational achievement.

How is the region performing?
The number of participating centers fluctuated in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties from 2020 to 2023. The number of STAR 4 centers in these two counties trended upward after 2020 and stayed consistent for the next three years. The number of STAR 1 centers in Luzerne County slightly increased over the four years analyzed compared to Lackawanna County, which showed a slight decline. Wayne County currently has more centers with a STAR 1 rating. Change could not measured since no data was available in the prior years. There appears to be a challenge at the STAR 2 level, with decreases in both Lackawanna and Luzerne from 2022 to 2023.