WHAT IS A BRIGHTSTAR RATING?
If you’ve ever searched for a Rhode Island based preschool, daycare, or after-school program, you may have come across a BrightStars Logo and Rating.
Rhode Island does not mandate BrightStars participation to become a licensed provider, rather, the provider must actively apply to participate in the Quality Rating System, demonstrating they have gone above and beyond minimum standards set by DCYF.
WHAT IS BRIGHTSTARS?
Launched in 2009, Bright Stars assesses the quality of care in early childhood education, after-school, and school-age programs in Rhode Island, then gives each program a one through five-star rating.
BrightStars is a tool to help parents compare and select childcare programs. The quality rating system is also used by providers as a benchmark to achieve better care.
WHY SHOULD A PARENT FIND THIS IMPORTANT?
Choosing a provider is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Studies show the quality of early child care and education is strongly correlated with a child’s developing skills.
Children who attend high-quality programs score higher on tests of language and cognitive skills and demonstrate stronger social and emotional development than children who attend low-quality programs.
Finding the right daycare can be complicated. Parents can use the BrightStar Rating system as an easy tool to determine which centers go above and beyond what is required of them to ensure a high level of quality.
HOW IS THE QRIS (QUALITY RATING & IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM) DETERMINED?
BrightStars assesses and rates the quality of each program based on the following standards.
- Health, Safety, and Nutrition – Frequent and proper handwashing, and proper diapering and toileting procedures. Indoor and outdoor spaces are safe and free of hazards. Meals are nutritious and prepared and stored safely
2. Enrollment and Staffing- Staff show awareness of the whole group and provide careful supervision adjusted for different ages and abilities and provide frequent personal contact. Staffing patterns provide adult supervision of children at all times.
3. Family Engagement– The staff communicates regularly with families and offers opportunities for family involvement.
4. Early Learning and Development– Programs should have a stimulating environment for all children, including children with disabilities and developmental delays.
WHAT DOES THE STAR RATING MEAN?
⭐️ One Star– The program meets minimum standards to operate and is committed to quality improvement
⭐️⭐️ Two Stars- Compliant in all critical areas of state licensing requirements and is approaching quality standards
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Three Stars– Compliant in all critical areas of state licensing requirements and meets higher quality standards
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four Stars– Compliant in all critical areas of state licensing requirements and exceeds higher quality standards
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five Stars– Compliant in all critical areas of state licensing requirements and far exceeds higher quality standards
WHERE CAN I FIND THE BRIGHT STAR RATING ON TYKELY?
Every Rhode Island provider will have a link to their Bright Stars Rating under the “About Us” section on their Tykely Listing page where applicable. If your provider doesn’t have a rating listed, you may contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to our website.