The IdahoSTARS Quality Rating & Improvement System began statewide implementation in January 2010 after pilot trials during 2007 and 2008. Administered by the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, the system includes five tiers and eight quality standards. The goals of IdahoSTARS are to inform parent choice, improve the quality of child care, and prevent child abuse and neglect by implementing the Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education initiative. The project is funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and a Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). IdahoSTARS services are being directed by staff members in seven regional offices and at the IdahoSTARS office at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
QRIS Name: IdahoSTARS Quality Rating and Improvement System
Organization: IdahoSTARS is a joint project between the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC).
Web Site: http://idahostars.org/?q=qris
QRIS State Profile
This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.
QRIS Resource Guide Examples
Standards and Criteria
Idaho Incorporates Strengthening Families into QRIS
Strengthening Families is a parent engagement and child abuse and neglect prevention framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy that capitalizes on the unique relationship between child care providers and the parents of the children in their care. Based on recognizing and promoting families’ strengths, rather than identifying risk factors, the Strengthening Families framework helps families to develop the five “protective factors” proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and promote optimal child outcomes: social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, parental resilience, and healthy social and emotional development. Facilities participating in the IdahoSTARS QRIS earn points toward their composite STAR rating by taking Strengthening Families training and by implementing the framework in their workplace. Thirty IdahoSTARS approved trainers offer a robust schedule of training opportunities: the 8-module, 17-hour basic trainings, seven intermediate level trainings, and five Essential Trainings that are embedded in the QRIS. Implementation is measured by documentation of social and educational events for parents, volunteer opportunities, parent work group activities, a system of emergency support, completion of the Strengthening Families self-assessment, and a corresponding action plan. Additional information is available at http://idahostars.org/?q=qris.
Provider Incentives and Support
IdahoSTARS Workbooks Support Application Process
IdahoSTARS provides workbooks for both family child care and centers. The workbooks detail each step of the application and award process, contain forms, and list resources needed to attain and maintain a quality rating. The workbooks are available online and can be downloaded as PDFs at http://idahostars.org/?q=workbook.