Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which is a method used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings. It establishes quality standards for programs and provides technical assistance and limited financial support to programs involved in Stars as they engage in quality improvement efforts. Delaware Stars is designed as a voluntary system that expects programs to work on improving quality by moving up the Star Levels.
Delaware Stars for Early Success is a five level system, with “5” being the highest rating. The licensing rules issued by the Office of Child Care Licensing serve as the Standards for Star Level 1. With each higher Star Level, a program is required to meet increasingly higher quality Standards in the following categories.
In Delaware Stars, standards define one part of the quality rating. The standards are based on a framework that supports best and developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom and across a child care program in four areas: Learning Environment and Curriculum, Family and Community Partnerships, Management and Administration, and Professional Development and Qualifications. These standards go above and beyond what the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) requires programs to maintain and are organized by program type.
The design of Delaware Stars is flexible so that it meets the needs of each individual program while guiding program development in each of the four areas. It is also strengths-based so programs can build on the strengths they already have and work toward building quality in more challenging areas of practice as they move up the Star Levels. The standards are verified by thorough document review and points are accumulated to designate at Star Levels three through five.
No Changes for 2014 For School-Age Programs