Quality Start Louisiana

Child Care Providers

If You Love Children, You’ll Love Quality Start.

Quality Start is a voluntary program for licensed child care centers, designed to recognize, support and increase the quality of child care throughout Louisiana. Participating centers can earn up to five stars. Quality Start also offers training and incentives to child care providers to help increase their rating. Important new quarterly bonuses and tax credits are also available to parents who choose a Quality Start center. By joining Quality Start, centers will show parents in their communities their commitment to providing the highest quality child care.

How Does the Star Rating System Work?

Quality Start rates child care centers on a scale from 1 to 5 stars:
  • 1 STAR – The one star rating indicates that the center has a license in good standing and no outstanding deficiencies.
  • 2 STARS – The two star rating indicates that the center staff has received more specialized training and the center has completed a self-assessment plan.
  • 3–5 STARS – The three to five star rating indicates the center provides quality child care based on staff qualifications and the Environment Rating Scales (ERS).

Getting Started

First, centers must complete an application to participate in the Quality Start Child Care Rating System. The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education then reviews the center’s most recent licensing survey. If there are no outstanding deficiencies, the center will be awarded one star. From there, the center can apply for two to five stars by documenting that the criteria for that star rating has been met. There is no fee to participate in Quality Start. Applications may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services Child Care Quality Specialist or the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency in your region. For more information about the Quality Start Child Care Rating System, call (225) 342-0694.
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