University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Delaware Department of Education
Delaware Office of Early Learning
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood

Getting Started with Stars

Database Contact FormTechnical Assistance TimelinePrograms that have applied and are accepted to Delaware Stars begin their quality improvement journey by “Starting with Stars.” Programs at this first level of participation in Delaware Stars are in good standing with the Office of Child Care Licensing and are working on required steps for orientation.  Participants complete:

  • Click here for Online Orientation Videos, a requirement to achieve Star Level 2, the videos speak to the importance of early childhood and the research that explains how high quality early learning environments provide a lifelong foundation that set children up to be successful in school and in life.  (3 videos, 30 minutes)
  • Building On Quality – a 9 hour professional development course (no charge) which details Delaware’s Early Childhood System evolution, research and evidence based practices in early childhood that guide the work of Delaware Stars and an in-depth review of the components of Delaware Stars and how they work together to support all early childhood programs.  For information, contact your Technical Assistant or Tara Horwitz at (302) 831-6764.
  • Technical Assistant (TA) visit (A TA is your Star’s representative, they will support you through all phases of your journey) Technical Assistants
  • Develop a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) with assigned TA
  • Programs are also asked to complete the Database Contact Form.
  • Your Delaware Stars database provides an easy way to update staff information, submit your quality improvement plan, request an Environment Rating Scale assessment and verification visits and more! Click Here to learn all about it.

Thank you for visiting the Delaware Stars for Early Success website. Delaware Stars is a program funded and administered by Delaware Department of Education, managed by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.