About this site: BrightStars - Rating system for Rhode Island child care centers and preschools

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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s quality rating and improvement system, recognizes and supports quality in child care and early learning programs.

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The latest science tells us that brains are constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues to adulthood.

Your child’s brain is built from the bottom up, with early experiences setting the stage for all later development. The environment, relationships and experiences that your child has during the early years impacts his or her individual development.

When we start children on a strong trajectory, we build a solid foundation for them and our state’s future. That is why high quality child care and early learning programs are so important for Rhode Island.

Look for programs with a BrightStars rating and see how programs performed on each of the BrightStars quality standards. If you enroll your child in a program that is not BrightStars-rated, refer them to us.

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