Compass Website – Search the COMPASS online portal for quality child care or other early learning programs. Select a provider to view their addresses, Keystone STAR rating, contact information and recent Department of Human Services Inspection.
PA Promise for Children – All the tools you need to know to help your child learn and grow from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
Early Learning GPS – Access resources according to the age and developmental stage of your child.
Early Intervention Technical Assistance – Resources to assist families in navigating and understanding Early Intervention supports available across Pennsylvania.
Certification – All licensed childcare providers are regulated through the Department of Human Welfare. View childcare provider regulations:
Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a continuous quality improvement systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Keystone STARS is a program of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
Our Guiding Principles
Keystone STARS is a responsive system to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Our system is guided by three core principles:
We believe inclusion, diversity, equity and respect are foundational values embedded in these principles.
Keystone STARS has four primary goals:
OCDEL’s Keystone STARS Program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. We encourage programs to think about the Keystone STARS Performance Standards as a tool to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) that impacts services to the children and families in your care.
Keystone STARS – Improving the quality through: