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Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success

Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report

Anamarie Auger
Lynn A. Karoly
Heather L. Schwartz
Copyright Date: 2015
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 72
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    Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success
    Book Description:

    This report summarizes research activities conducted in the second year of Delaware’s quality rating and improvement system for early learning and care programs. It features an analysis of state administrative data to assess provider participation rates in Delaware Stars and quality rating levels for participating providers, as well as a description of the financial incentives and technical assistance received by Delaware Stars providers.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-9132-1
    Subjects: History, Education

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figure
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xvi)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xix-xx)
  9. Chapter 1. Introduction
    (pp. 1-8)

    Delaware Stars for Early Success (hereafter Delaware Stars) is Delaware’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), which began in 2007. The main purpose of the QRIS is to raise the quality of early care and education (ECE) and school-age programs within the state.1 Delaware obtained a Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT–ELC) grant in December 2011 to further improve the quality of ECE programs and to increase the enrollment of children from birth to five in high-quality programs. Part of the requirements of an RTT–ELC grant is an evaluation of the QRIS, and the Delaware Office of Early Learning...

  10. Chapter 2. Participation in Delaware Stars and Rating Results
    (pp. 9-18)

    As noted in the first report (Schwartz et al., 2014), a key marker of success of the Delaware Stars program is the participation rate of eligible providers and children in the system. It is also important to understand how providers are progressing (if at all) through the star levels, which, in theory, would indicate that providers are increasing the quality of care provided to children. In this chapter, we use administrative data provided by OEL to examine provider and child participation rates in the rating system and movements in star levels.

    We also draw comparisons between the results presented in...

  11. Chapter 3. Financial Incentives in Delaware Stars
    (pp. 19-28)

    Most, if not all, state QRISs provide programs with some type of financial incentives for participating and advancing in the rating system (BUILD Initiative, n.d.). The most common types of financial incentives available in QRISs are QI Grants, achievement awards, staff professional development grants, education or retention bonuses and awards, and tiered child care subsidy reimbursements (Mitchell, 2012; Mitchell, Kerr, and Armenta, 2008). Delaware is no exception; each of these types of financial incentives is or was available to providers participating in Delaware’s QRIS.

    In this chapter we describe the types of financial incentives included in Delaware Stars as of...

  12. Chapter 4. Technical Assistance in Delaware Stars
    (pp. 29-34)

    All programs that participate in Delaware Stars receive TA visits from trained TA providers. This practice is common to most QRISs, as most systems provide participating programs with assistance navigating the QRIS, meeting quality goals, and coaching on techniques to implement instructional practices (Smith et al., 2012; BUILD Initiative, undated). However, the role that TA plays in QRISs is largely unstudied. In this chapter, we use Delaware Stars administrative data on TA to examine the patterns of TA receipt overall and by provider characteristics.

    With the exception of tiered POC subsidies, TA is the largest single investment that Delaware makes...

  13. Chapter 5. Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 35-40)

    One aim of this report was 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. We therefore updated the analyses of Delaware Stars participation based on administrative data as of October 2014, which is nine months after the prior snapshot of ECE providers’ participation in Delaware Stars presented in the Year 1 report. A second goal of this report was to examine the administrative data on financial incentives and TA. Thus, we also included new analyses of Delaware Stars programs’ use of financial...

  14. Appendix A. Additional Documentation for Delaware Stars
    (pp. 41-42)
  15. Appendix B. Tables from the Year 1 Report
    (pp. 43-46)
  16. Appendix C. Additional Documentation for Chapter Three and Chapter Four Analyses
    (pp. 47-50)
  17. References
    (pp. 51-52)