STARS is Vermont's Quality Recognition and Improvement System for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs.
Participation in STARS means that a program is striving beyond licensing regulations to meet higher quality standards, uphold professional practices, and commit to continuous quality improvement.
Regardless of parental income or circumstance, Vermont Act 166 mandates funding for 10 hours of Universal Pre-K for all 3, 4 and 5-year-olds (not yet enrolled in Kindergarten) in a prequalified program for 35 weeks during the school year. Pre-kindergarten services can be provided in public schools and community based child care programs that adhere to early education standards.
Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont's early childhood public-private partnership established by law to monitor the state's early care, health and education systems and to advise the Administration and Legislature on early childhood policy