Jun 9, 2014
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.
Delaware was awarded a Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge grant in December 2011, which provided funding to the state to increase access to and improve the quality of early learning programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. As part of the grant, Delaware is required to evaluate its quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) — Delaware Stars for Early Success — and the RAND Corporation was selected as the evaluator to validate the Delaware Stars QRIS. This report, from the second year of the evaluation, addresses program participation and quality ratings, financial incentives, and technical assistance.
Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report 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.
Participation in Delaware Stars and Rating Results
Financial Incentives in Delaware Stars
Technical Assistance in Delaware Stars
Conclusions and Recommendations
Additional Documentation for Delaware Stars
Tables from the Year 1 Report
Additional Documentation for Chapter Three and Chapter Four Analyses