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Tulare County Early Stars - for Educators

Early Stars connects you to parents in Tulare County who are looking for your services, while offering you a clear path toward improving quality. Get your stars today!

How your Early Stars quality rating is determined

We assess and rate programs, services and locations by looking for specific factors and qualities. When we assess a licensed program, we ask questions like:

  • Does the program involve families in their child's learning experience?
  • Does the program have one-on-one time with children?
  • Does the program seek independent evaluations?
  • Does the program screen children for developmental milestones?
  • Has the program completed additional child development training?

We assign a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest quality. This makes it easy for parents to identify quality providers, while giving providers the opportunity to promote their programs with Early Stars validation. It also gives providers areas to improve and celebrate strengths, which will lead to a strengthening of the entire early care industry in Tulare County.

Resources to improve quality

Early Stars was established to be a benefit for educators and care providers as much as for parents and the community. Participating in the Early Stars initiative shows everyone that you are committed to quality, and it also provides you a wealth of resources and opportunity to grow and improve.

Early Stars is your partner for the long term. Starting with an initial assessment and star rating gives you perspective that will define a clear path toward quality improvement. After your initial assessment, Early Stars is here to provide training, support and resources as you improve your quality –  and your star rating –  for the betterment of your business, your clients and the community as a whole.

Tulare County Early Stars




Tulare County Office of Education
Early Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System
Lorena Castillo, Program Manager
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291 · · phone: (559) 651-0862