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ERIC Number: ED561158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 143
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 1 Report. Research Report
Schwartz, Heather L.; Karoly, Lynn A.; Le, Vi-Nhuan; Tamargo, Jennifer; Setodji, Claude Messan
RAND Corporation
Delaware was in the first group of states to receive a federal grant in 2012 to improve early care and education services and increase the number of infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children in high-quality programs. One component of the state's grant is a rigorous validation process for Delaware Stars for Early Success, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), including a study to assess the relationship between the quality ratings and the developmental outcomes of children. To support Delaware's efforts to ensure that the QRIS is working as intended, RAND researchers examined prior validation research, analyzed Delaware Stars administrative data, conducted a series of key stakeholder interviews and focus groups, and implemented a virtual pilot test of Delaware Stars using national data to identify relationships between program quality and child developmental outcomes. The results provide a baseline understanding of the types of child care providers that participate in Delaware Stars, their Delaware Stars quality ratings, how quickly they progress to higher quality levels and which standards they are meeting, how enrolled children are distributed across participating and nonparticipating programs, and the experiences of administrators, providers, and families with the current system. Although this initial study was not intended to provide definitive recommendations for improving Delaware Stars, the findings point to ways to reinforce initiatives already under way in Delaware Stars or that could be considered for the future. Four appendices are included: (1) Additional Documentation for Delaware Stars; (2) Data Sources for Administrative Data Analyses; (3) Interview and Focus Group Protocols; and (4) Virtual Pilot Data, Measures, and Methods.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Delaware Office of Early Learning
Authoring Institution: RAND Education; RAND Labor and Population
Identifiers - Location: Delaware
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Race to the Top; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey; Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale; Bayley Scales of Infant Development