In Delaware Stars, standards define one part of the quality rating. The standards are based on a framework that supports best and developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom and across a child care program in four areas: Learning Environment and Curriculum, Family and Community Partnerships, Management and Administration, and Professional Development and Qualifications. These standards go above and beyond what the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) requires programs to maintain and are organized by program type.
The design of Delaware Stars is flexible so that it meets the needs of each individual program while guiding program development in each of the four areas. It is also strengths-based, so programs can build on the strengths they already have and work toward building quality in more challenging areas of practice as they move up the Star Levels. The standards are verified by thorough document review and points are accumulated to designate at Star Levels three through five.