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.
The verification manuals provide guidance for programs as they prepare documentation and evidence for meeting the standards.
- Early Care and Education Center Standards Verification Manual (Updated July 2015)
- Family Child Care Standards Verification Manual (Updated July 2015)
- Large Family Child Care Home Standards Verification Manual (Updated July 2015)
- School-Age Standards Verification Manual (Updated July 2015)
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- Manual de Verificaciones para Cuidado de Niños en el Hogar (July 2014) FCC
- Manual de Verificationes para Centros Grandes de Cuidado de Niños en el Hogar (July 2014) LFCC
Any additional questions not answered in the documents above should be submitted in writing to the Verification and Assessment Team for Delaware Stars. They may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.