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STARS Incentives

STARS Incentives

Quarterly Incentives

STARS incentives are available to programs in two forms:
1) quarterly quality improvement awards
2) tiered reimbursement percent increases (above standard state reimbursement rates) for those facilities choosing to serve Best Beginnings Scholarship families.

STARS Quarterly Incentives

 

Family

Group
7-12
Licensed Capacity or previous 3 months Average Daily

Attendance

whichever is less

Small Center
13-29
Licensed Capacity or   previous 3 months

Average Daily

Attendance whichever is less

Medium Center
30-59
Licensed Capacity or previous 3 months

Average Daily

Attendance whichever is less

Large Center
60+
Licensed Capacity or

previous 3 months Average Daily Attendance

whichever is less

STAR 1

STAR Kit, Resources, Help and Support

STAR 2

$625

($2,500 possible per year)

$875

($3,500 possible per year)

$1250

($5,000 possible per year)

$1625

($6,500 possible per year)

$2063

($8,252 possible per year)

20% of total budget must go towards Personnel/Staff Costs

5% increased reimbursement for Best Beginnings Scholarships

STAR 3

$938

($3,752 possible per year)

$1375

($5,500 possible per year)

$1875

($7,500 possible per year)

$2500

($10,000 possible per year)

$3125

($12,500 possible per year)

30% of total budget must go towards Personnel/Staff Costs

10% increased reimbursement for Best Beginnings Scholarships

STAR 4

$1250

($5,000 possible per year)

$1875

($7,500 possible per year)

$2500

($10,000 possible per year)

$3375

($13,500 possible per year)

$4063

($16,252 possible per year)

40% of total budget must go towards Personnel/Staff Costs

15% increased reimbursement for Best Beginnings Scholarships

STAR 5

$1563

($6,252 possible per year)

$2250

($9,000 possible per year)

$3125

($12,500 possible per year)

$4250

($17,000 possible per year)

$5000

($20,000 possible per year)

50% of total budget must go towards Personnel/Staff Costs

20% increased reimbursement for Best Beginnings Scholarships

STARS incentives are to be used for continuous quality improvement, staff support and salaries, professional development, equipment, etc. Purchases and investments are meant to assist a program in moving to the next level, maintaining the STAR level achieved and increasing quality. STARS incentives must be used in accord with an approved quality improvement plan. STARS incentives may not be used for construction.

Workforce incentives are available in a variety of forms and are not tied directly to the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program, and have separate eligibility criteria.

Early Childhood Workforce Incentives Chart

All incentives for the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality System, including STARS incentives and workforce incentives, are subject to eligibility requirements as outlined in policy and are dependent on funding.

STARS Support from Businesses

The Early Childhood Services Bureau recognizes the following businesses who are independently supporting Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Participants. If you are a STARS to Quality Participant, please contact your STARS coach for more information.

360
Customer Service Team: (406) 248-7881

Kaplan
lakeshore discount

The State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau does not endorse particular vendors, these vendors have provided this opportunity to Best Beginnings STARS to Quality participants independently as a means of supporting high quality early care and education for young children.

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