IdahoSTARS (State Training and Registry System)
IdahoSTARS is a statewide early care and education professional development system and registry system.
The University of Idaho’s Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC), Panhandle Health District and Department of Health and Welfare partner on the IdahoSTARS project. IdahoSTARS is funded by the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant.
A key goal for development of this system was that it be consumer-driven, resulting in increased child care quality. Research shows that children in high quality early care and education settings are more likely to enter school ready to learn, and with parents able to be more productive at work.
IdahoSTARS is a voluntary program providing training in child development, education, health and safety, as well as assessment of child care facilities based on national quality standards. IdahoSTARS achieves this within a statewide Child Care Resource Center system. The Resource Center’s consistent structure, and professional development, supports parents and early childhood educators in making safe, healthy, nurturing and educational child care a top priority.
In 2018-19 IdahoSTARS introduced several changes to advance their mission of quality for inclusive early care and education:
• A new online system called RISE that makes it possible for professionals to manage their interactions with IdahoSTARS in one place.
• Specialized professional development using targeted technical assistance if a child care setting needs improvement in a specific area. The technical assistance is provided on-site.
• Simplified professional recognition resulting in enhanced use of scholarship and training opportunities and a streamlined financial recognition structure to reward professionals taking steps to increase their level of education.
• Active outreach to good candidates for Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials resulted in new CDA Cohorts across the state involving about 75 individuals.
Also in 2018-19, twenty-nine in-person trainings were delivered in 14 different languages, and 1,295 early childhood professionals received recognition for continuing professional development.
Updated April 2020
In December 2013, Michigan received a four-year Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.