The revision of the early childhood quality improvement system will resume this fall. The state revision team will be leading the work, operating on a six-month timeframe. Consistent with legislated requirements, the state will be adopting a single set of quality indicators for licensed early childhood programs in Delaware. The team will review and adjust the key practices and pathways to support each quality indicator and will develop the framework for program profiles and monetary grants for quality improvement.

Please stay tuned for additional updates.

The graphic below represents the standards for the revised Delaware Stars. The new system includes seven standards that represent broader content areas. Each standard is interdependent on another and necessary for creating a culture of continuous quality improvement.  

Please click on the individual standard gear (below) for a set of key practices that define the standard. Pathways support each practice and serve as guidance in advancing your work.

DIEEC is here to support programs and professionals through these pathways.

QRIS categories graphic

Background

To all of the early childhood stakeholders statewide and nationally who provided input and feedback – thank you. We’ve learned a lot about creating a QRIS that is equitable and incorporates a cycle of continuous quality improvement (CQI) throughout.

The revised Delaware Stars is a hybrid model aligned with DELACARE licensing regulations. The revised system includes seven standards, which represent broader content areas. The DELACARE licensing regulations and the Business Practices standard include required components that work together to assist programs in creating the conditions for quality. The remaining six standards (see the graphic above) represent quality practices and build upon that strong foundation.

Why the Revision?

Like your program, Delaware Stars is in a continuous quality improvement cycle. We use what we’ve learned to improve the system to support you in providing quality care and education.

To formally evaluate the Delaware Stars system, Delaware contracted with the RAND Corporation from 2013-2016 to conduct an independent evaluation. Additionally, we looked at other states QRIS to gain insights on Delaware Stars.

Here are some of the key learnings:

  • Program quality increased modestly as star levels increased.
  • FCCs tended to have higher quality scores.
  • Children’s executive functioning skills were modestly higher in star level 5 programs
  • Management & Administration and Qualifications & Professional Development domains moderately (positively) related to children’s cognitive skills.
  • We need to pay more attention to workforce issues.
  • Program and classroom quality measurement needs improvement.
  • We may be leaving out important quality variables in QRIS such as– children’s engagement, continuity, stability, etc.

QRIS Revision Reference Materials:

QRIS Monthly Updates:

Revision Goals

Following are the goals that are guiding the revision.

  • Ratings are closely aligned to factors proven to improve and sustain child, family, workforce, and program outcomes.
  • The Stars system incorporates multiple indicators of program quality.
  • Each level of Stars incorporates a cycle of continuous quality improvement (CQI).
  • Equity and inclusion are demonstrated throughout the Stars system.
  • The financial incentive and provider support structures are revised to better meet the needs of all programs and support CQI.
  • Further align early childhood systems and create/improve data linkages.

Key Takeaways

  • Verifications based on the 2014 Delaware Stars standards will not resume.
  • Licensed early care and education programs not currently participating in Delaware Stars are welcome to apply! Newly enrolled programs will begin with the revised system.
  • We need you! Your participation and feedback throughout the revision process is highly encouraged and helps us move forward.

Post Updates

Revision Goals

Following are the goals that are guiding the revision.

  • Ratings are closely aligned to factors proven to improve and sustain child, family, workforce, and program outcomes.
  • The Stars system incorporates multiple indicators of program quality.
  • Each level of Stars incorporates a cycle of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
  • Equity and inclusion are demonstrated throughout the Stars system.
  • The financial incentive and provider support structures are revised to better meet the needs of all programs and support CQI.
  • Further align early childhood systems and create/improve data linkages.
Your input is vital for the revision and its implementation to be successful.

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