Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which is a method used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings. It establishes quality standards for programs and provides technical assistance and limited financial support to programs involved in Stars as they engage in quality improvement efforts. Delaware Stars was implemented in 2007 and continues to enroll new programs.
Delaware Stars is funded by the Delaware Department of Education and administered and managed by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. Our dedicated staff are located across the state and within two organizations including DIEEC and Children and Families First. The work they do includes providing relationship-based technical assistance to programs, conducting valid and reliable assessments and document review for verification, development and delivery of professional development opportunities, and development and implementation of policies and procedures impacting quality.
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