# of child care slots in licensed centers with 3+ STARS
Story Behind the Curve
The total number of child care, preschool and afterschool programs participating in STARS has been increasing since the program started. This increase in the number of programs has increased the capacity at the higher STAR categories.
The Child Development Division partners with many organizations to increase awareness of STARS, and specifically partners with Mary Johnson Children's Center to provide outreach to child care programs about STARS.
The division has seen a trend of child care programs with mentors more likely to increase in stars or participate in STARS for the first time.