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Great Start to Quality STARS User Manual

This manual is a step by step guide to accessing the Great Start to Quality online platform, completing the Self-Assessment, developing a Quality Improvement Plan, requesting a Program Quality Assessment, and accessing quality improvement supports and resources.  The manual supports an understanding of what the Great Start to Quality STARS platform looks like and how it can be navigated.

Alternative Rating Structures for Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW: A Process Evaluation

This evaluation brief is one in a series of evaluation briefs conducted on behalf of Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW.  Within this brief, you will find links to other reports written as part of Kentucky’s process evaluation. This particular evaluation brief is to inform a discussion of alternative rating structures for Kentucky STARS for KIDS Now. The brief provides a theoretical review of possible rating structures.

Examining the Definition and Measurement of Quality in Early Childhood Education: A Review of Studies Using the ECERS-R from 2003 to 2010

The field of early childhood education continues to grapple with the issue of understanding quality in classrooms. The lack of clarity in definition (or conceptualization) and related ability to assess (or operationalize) quality has contributed to a reliance on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R), which is often interpreted to be synonymous with the quality of a classroom. Likewise, the ECERS-R (although a measurement tool) is often used to define quality.

Child Care in the American South: Poverty, Costs, and Quality

High-quality child care has been shown to improve the academic success and life adjustments of children living in poverty. During the past decade, many American states have adopted voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement (QRI) systems in an attempt to increase the level of quality in child care. Using data compiled by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and the U.S.

Care About Child Care Resource Materials and Quality Indicators

Check out this link to get more information on Utah's QRIS - Care About Child Care (CAC). On this site, you can link to the quality indicators for licensed homes and centers, the CAC enrollment form and grant application and their professional development system.