In Oklahoma, a variety of initiatives have been implemented to improve the level of child care quality. A tiered system of quality and reimbursement known as “Reaching for the Stars” provides incentives for programs that meet the “star” criteria. The Reaching for the Stars Program has 4 levels of rating facilities in which specified criteria must be met:
One-Star programs meet minimum licensing requirements.
One-Star Plus programs meet additional quality criteria which includes: additional training, reading to children daily, parent involvement and program assessment.
Two-Star programs meet additional quality criteria or are nationally accredited.
Three-Star programs meet additional quality criteria and are nationally accredited.