About IdahoSTARS

IdahoSTARS is the leading expert and resource for quality child care in Idaho. We empower parents and early childhood professionals to make safe, healthy, nurturing and educational child care a top priority. We support child care professionals to continually improve early care and education practices.

IdahoSTARS is a joint project between the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC). The project is funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

IdahoSTARS Accomplishments

Since 2003, IdahoSTARS has...

  • Successfully managed the child care provider eligibility component for the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) child care assistance for low income families.
  • Provided a fully coordinated statewide Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) network, with 7 regional offices, to provide technical assistance, coaching and resources to child care providers and parents
  • Implemented a statewide Professional Development System(PDS) for child care providers with a trainer/training approval component, academic and training scholarships, a statewide registry and educational pathway and professional incentives
  • Developed and directed a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for continuous quality improvement of Idaho child care programs
  • Prioritized and embedded considerations for children and families with diverse needs and abilities within all quality initiatives
  • Partnered with many other Idaho agencies and organizations to coordinate early care and education throughout the state

IdahoSTARS Goals

  1. Increase the qualifications of Idaho early care and education professionals.
  2. Increase quality practices in Idaho early care and education programs.
  3. Build knowledge of and investment in high quality early care and education.
  4. Increase the number of families participating in ICCP who enroll their children in high quality early care and education programs.

IdahoSTARS Publications

2015 Idaho Early Childhood Workforce Study: A Cross Sector SurveyPDF
This is a comprehensive final report of a study of workers across early childhood sectors in Idaho. It includes demographics of respondents across sectors including education, compensation, longevity in early childhood work settings, career path activities, services offered to families, curriculum practices, activities concerning children with diverse needs, and training preferences. It also includes administrator respondent program characteristics and business practices.

Executive Summary of the Idaho Early Childhood Workforce StudyPDF
The Executive Summary is a report of key findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the Workforce Study.

Summary of the Idaho Early Childhood Workforce Study: Child Care SectorPDF
This booklet offers findings specific to the Child Care Sector in the Early Childhood Workforce Study.

Snapshot of the 2015 Idaho Early Childhood WorkforcePDF
This summary includes findings from a survey of workers in Idaho early childhood settings. It includes characteristics of respondents such as education and training, salaries and benefits, program offerings for activities and curriculum, and trends for working with children with diverse needs. The summary includes recommendations from survey results.


IdahoSTARS Advisor

Location: Twin Falls
The Regional Quality Child Care Consultant under the direction of the lead consultant helps support the regional office in meeting the goals of the IdahoSTARS program by recruiting child care providers. This position requires experience with conducting adult workshops and/or providing training (small and large groups); preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or related field with coursework in child development and minimum of two years successful experience in the field of early care and education. Salary range: $15.87 - $16.86 per hour. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP001899P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

Emerging Leaders Academic Scholarship Coordinator for the IdahoSTARS Project, Idaho AEYC

Location: Boise
Under the direction of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC), the Emerging Leaders Academic Scholarship Coordinator is responsible for the management, outreach and recruitment of the IdahoSTARS’ early childhood Academic Scholarship Program. This position will work towards the goal to increase the qualifications of Idaho’s early care and education professionals through academic achievement, while accomplishing tasks which advance the mission of the IdahoSTARS project and Idaho AEYC. For more information or to apply visit Idaho AEYC Employment.

A complete listing of current openings at the University of Idaho is available at uidaho.edu/human-resources/jobs

A complete listing of current openings at Idaho AYEC is available at idahoaeyc.org/employment