The North Carolina Division of Child Development & Early Education (DCDEE) and the North Carolina Child Care Commission have created the Five Star Rated License System to help identify quality child care.
The early years of life matter because early experiences affect how the brain is built. As a child’s brain grows, the quality of the experiences that a child has creates either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all of the development and behaviors that follow. Parents want to make educated choices for their families, and getting things right the first time is better than trying to fix them later.
High quality experiences promote children’s social, emotional, physical, communication, and cognitive development, and lay the foundation for later success in life. That’s why the State of North Carolina has established the Five-Star Rated License System for child care.
Scientific research has shown that the most important components of a high quality program are the educational levels of staff and the activities that occur on a daily basis with children.
No matter the age of the child, staff education and program environment make a difference. The North Carolina Star Rated License includes both of these key components.