Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report

Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report by the RAND Corporation aims to determine whether Delaware Stars providers are advancing in the rating system and whether additional providers serving infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children are joining the QRIS. The authors updated the analyses of Delaware Stars participation based on administrative data as of October 2014, which is nine months after the snapshot presented in the Year 1 report. There is a slight gain in the overall provider participation rate (from 36 to 39 percent), but no change in the share of children in Delaware Stars programs. The administrative data demonstrate that Delaware Stars programs were advancing through the rating system as intended. The authors also include new analyses of Delaware Stars programs' use of financial incentives and the amount of in-person technical assistance delivered to participating providers. Overall, the report points to the need for, and potential gain from, improving the Delaware Stars administrative data system.