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STARS Technical Assistance (TA)

STARS Technical Assistance (TA) is an intensive, one-on-one service provided to early learning and school-age facilities to help the facility achieve specific Keystone STARS quality performance standards and movement in STAR levels.

STARS TA available:
Rising STARS Mentoring -  focuses on access to the highest quality services for hard to reach / hard to serve children and families by providing support to providers as they move up the quality scale to STAR 3 and 4 levels.

Start UP TA - a professional relationship in which a STAR 3 or 4 Program Director assists a STAR 2 Program Director in developing specific skills and knowledge to enhance program quality and encourage professional growth.

Request for TA (PDF)
Request Start-Up and Rising STARS (PDF)
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Agreement (PDF) 
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Request (PDF) 


Infant and Toddler TA

A support system is available to Keystone STARS participating programs to meet the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their caregivers.  Infant-Toddler Specialists are identified in each region of the state to provide targeted professional development and technical assistance in order to expand the high-quality care offered to very young children and their families.

Click here to contact our Infant and Toddler Specialist or for more information.  


School Age Care TA (SAC)

SAC Specialists employ research-based methods for improving program quality, impacting positive outcomes for children in school age programs and achieving specific Keystone STARS quality performance standards through professional development and technical assistance.

Click here to contact our SAC Manager or for more information.  


Professional Development

Professional Development opportunities help early learning and school-age educators with upward career mobility. The YW's Keystone STARS offers workshops and conferences and partners with higher education institutions to fund credential and credit-bearing courses.

Register for our electronic newsletter - FYI - that highlights Regional Key and partner news, spotlights upcoming professional development opportunities and provides resource information and announcements.

Looking to connect with staff from the PD/TA department? 

Interested in taking on-demand professional development to meet the new STARS standards or have a PD request? Complete the form below and hit the SUBMIT button. 



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