Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars is a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) designed to help early education providers, parents and the community identify high-quality early learning programs and foster development among providers.

Sunshine Stars & Quality Child Care

 
Personal ideas about quality child care differ greatly in today's society. Our very own values, beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, and environments contribute to how we determine what quality looks like.
 
Studies show that these particular areas have positive impacts on a child's development:
  • Highly-Skilled Staff
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Quality Interactions
  • Language-Rich Environments
  • Age-Appropriate Curriculum and Stimulating Material
  • A Safe Physical Environment
 
Sunshine Stars is THE quality rating improvement system for child care providers in Pasco and Hernando Counties.  Both child care centers and family child care homes can volunteer to be a part of this program. Participants in Sunshine Stars commit to not only meeting the basic requirements for licensing set by the State of Florida, but they also agree to hold themselves accountable to higher standards by providing quality education and by helping children prepare for school. 
Through participation in Sunshine Stars, child care programs are measured on important indicators and standards, such as teacher education and training, learning environment, teacher-child interactions, family engagement and curriculum. Ratings range from 1 star to 5 stars. The chart below explains what each level represents.