RICHMOND Vermonts Child Development Division (CDD) recently announced that Stacy's Day Care, a registered child care home, is recognized with three stars in the Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) for child care, early education and school age programs. Achieving three stars of recognition is an accomplishment for Stacy's Day Care, said Kathleen Paterson, assistant director of the Child Development Division. The staff demonstrates a strong commitment to providing quality child care and education and has worked hard for this accomplishment. At Stacy's Day Care, we believe that children should be in an environment that promotes fun, love and laughs and, provides a home-like atmosphere to grow in, said owner and director Stacy Andrews. The program provides an equal balance of outside play for gross motor skills and plenty of opportunities to help with fine motor skills. Stacy's Day Care is a group that considers others' feelings and believes that day care is an extension of each child's family. STARS is a Vermont initiative designed to expand the ways providers are rewarded for program quality. The STARS program is just one of CDDs efforts to improve the quality of care for Vermonts children. More information and a list of recognized providers are available at www.STARSstepahead.org. Any program regulated through the Child Development Division may apply for STARS recognition, including registered and licensed family child care homes, licensed early childhood programs including public school programs, licensed school age care programs, licensed nonrecurring care programs, or Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Recognized providers are eligible to receive three different types of incentives including a one-time incentive payment. Providers also receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement. STARS applications are available by calling (800) 649-2642, or by visiting www.STARSstepahead.org. CDD is a division of the Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services, and a key partner of Building Bright Futures.