May 23, 2022

2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards, which will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

(This article was updated on June 6, 2022, to include a webinar link).

2022 Keystone Stars Performance Standards

The most recent version of the Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual became effective August 1, 2020. Since that time, several events and updates have taken place which has necessitated an updated version of the Keystone STARS Performance Standards to be released, along with an updated Keystone STARS Program Manual. The 2022 Keystone STARS Program Manual is coming soon.

The updated Keystone STARS Performance Standards will become effective July 1, 2022. Programs who began submitting evidence to their Quality Coach to renew their current STAR level or move up in STAR levels using the 2020 Keystone STARS Performance Standards prior to July 1, 2022, must complete their designation by July 31, 2022.

After July 31, 2022, all programs, including those that began but did not complete the designation process will be required to use the 2022 Performance Standards for designation purposes moving forward.


Detailed information about the new standards and program manual can be found in OCDEL’s full announcement and in the following documents:

A provider-facing recorded webinar that offers an overview of the updated 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards is available on the Pennsylvania Keys YouTube page.