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How a preschool can lose its star-rating

In North Carolina, child care centers, including preschools, can be given a star-rating by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).
The star rating goes up to 5 for the highest standards of quality care and education. It is possible for a 4 or 5 star center to lose that rating or be reduced. This can happen after an annual compliance review shows that the center has failed to meet a 75% compliance history requirement or program standards or staff education quality has been reduced.
A center can also lose a quality point if enhanced standards are not followed. To get a 5-star rating, a center must have a total of 13-15 points. Program standards and staff education quality can each yield 7 points. If there is staff turnover, resulting in more children per teacher and staff with less education, points can be lost, resulting in a lower star rating.
To find a list of 5-star schools in the Charlotte area, go here.