QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Standards and Criteria

Providers Reach Up to Four Levels in Kentucky

The Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW Child Care Quality Rating System has four levels of quality standards. Provider license/certification must be in good standing at all levels. To attain higher levels, providers must meet the requirements of that level and those of previous levels. Kentucky’s standards address ratios, curriculum, training, regulatory compliance, personnel (for centers only), and business practices (for FCC only). Accreditation is one of the criteria for the level 4 curriculum standards. Additional information is available at

Consumer Education

Kentucky Has an App for That

Kentucky has two (2) portals available for assistance in locating STARS rated programs.

  • The Division of Child Care’s Kentucky Integrated Child Care System (“KICCS” Portal) helps parents find STARS-Rated Centers in their area searching by county or find their child’s current center’s STARS rated at
  • Kids Matter is a smart phone app for finding child care in Kentucky. Users are able to search for a subsidy eligibility specialist or a child care program, and the app includes a child care checklist, an “ask the experts” feature, and links to additional resources.