- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky parents will soon have a better way to gauge the quality of most child care and early education programs in the state.

The Courier-Journal reports (https://cjky.it/1KHqqPQ ) state officials are revamping the STARS for KIDS NOW rating system to help parents decide child care options and encourage higher levels of instruction and professional development among providers.

Providers will be expected to publicly display their new ratings. Executive director of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Terry Tolan says should be complete by the end of 2016.

The STARS websites also lists the scores, ranging from one to four stars, for participating programs.

Launched in 2001, officials have been planning an overhaul of the STARS system after an evaluation four years ago revealed that updates are needed to reflect the latest research in child development.

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