Quality Start Louisiana

How to get a 3-5 Star Rating

The following outlines the process required to apply for a three to five star rating for your center:

Complete Quality Start Center Self Assessment

Enroll and submit staff qualifications and career development information for all staff to Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System

Create Quality Start portfolio using the Quality Start Center Self Assessment for documentation needed to pass the verification visit. Be sure to include copies of all staff qualifications information sent to Louisiana Pathways

Submit completed 2-5 star application with all required documentation listed below:

A Staff Qualifications Audit will be requested from Louisiana Pathways by the Child Care Quality Start Specialist (CCQSS), which must meet the requirements for two star level. Two audits are allowed to meet requirements.

A scheduled verification visit will be held by CCQSS and the following will be reviewed:

  • QS Portfolio
  • Center Self Assessment
  • Center Improvement Plan
  • Child-Staff Ratio
  • Classroom ERS Self Assessments
  • Transition Procedure
  • Screening for Social-Emotional Development
  • Plan for Continuity of Care
  • Louisiana’s Early Learning Guidelines
  • Quality Point for 1 point (Optional) will review the additional areas:
    • Administrative Practices
    • Family and Community Involvement

Official Environment Rating Scale assessment must include at least one random and unannounced classroom assessment.

  • 1/3 of classrooms must be assessed
  • ECERS-R and ITERS-R will be used based on the age of children

Licensing Review for zero deficiencies and/or complaints.

Office of Family Support (OFS) Fraud review for zero investigations.

Three to Five Star awards will be effective the first day of the month following completion of and processing of all of the required components. In no event will an award be made effective for any period prior to completion of all required components.

NOTE: In addition to earning two star requirements, one Quality Point in program and staff qualifications must be earned.

Total Number of Points Star Rating
3-5 points Three Stars
6-9 points Four Stars
10-11 points Five Stars


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