Keystone STARS


Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The state hopes to improve quality through:

  • Standards
  • Training/Professional Development
  • Assistance
  • Resourses
  • Support

The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundations for the program. The Performance Standards are grouped into four levels:

STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4.

Each level builds on the previous level and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

Count the STARS. The higher the STAR level, the higher the quality. For more information and to find a Keystone STARS program near you, visit COMPASS or The Pennsylvania Key website.

Keystone STARS is managed through a partnership of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania and Regional Keys. For more information on the PA Keys, please click here.