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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

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Welcome to the BrightStars Family Blog

I’m so glad you are here! My name is Jo-Anne DeGiacomo Petrie, Manager of Operations at RIAEYC/BrightStars.  As a children’s author, mother of three grown children, and more than 30 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education I am thrilled to be a part of the BrightStars team and introducing you to our blog. 

The intent of our blog is to share:


  • The latest tips, insights and resources for families
  • Resources to support development and learning
  • Information on how to select a high-quality early care, education and afterschool program
  • Information about using the BrightStars ratings to make informed decisions
  • And more!

We look forward to sharing information with you all!


Jo-Anne DeGiacomo Petrie, M.Ed and the BrightStars Team!

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