About IdahoSTARS

The IdahoSTARS project offers credibility, supports professional development, and encourages success as an early care and education provider. We are the trusted avenue for referrals of participating providers.

The IdahoSTARS Project is a voluntary program that provides training in child development, education, health, and safety and assessment of child care facilities based on national quality standards. Our goal is to ensure that Idaho’s children have access to the highest quality child care and early education. We do this by delivering a statewide Child Care Resource Center system that educates and supports parents and child care providers and provides a consistent structure that supports and promotes quality, inclusive child care and early education, and professional development.

The IdahoSTARS project empowers parents and providers to make safe and educational child care and early education a top priority. IdahoSTARS ensures that child care providers have access to current standards and resources to offer the best care possible and helps build revenue for child care businesses by offering incentives and grant opportunities to STAR-rated providers. The IdahoSTARS Project is the leading expert and referral source for quality care and education in Idaho.

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).

History of IdahoSTARS

On July 1, 2003, the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) and Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC), funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), began a statewide project to lead Idaho’s early care and education professional development system called IdahoSTARS or the Idaho State Training and Registry System. Many individuals and programs had worked for decades to advocate for the development of a professional development system. They paved the way for this historic opportunity.

The roots of IdahoSTARS were planted in 1999 when an oversight committee was convened by Idaho DHW to make recommendations for improving the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). Creating a voluntary Professional Development System (PDS) to improve the quality of child care in Idaho was one of the recommendations. The Child Care Advisory Panel continues to provide input on the content of the state’s professional development system through the IdahoSTARS Project.

A key goal of the PDS system has been that its development should be consumer driven with increased quality of child care for the children in our state the ultimate outcome. When this outcome is achieved, research shows that children will enter school ready to learn and parents will be more productive in their work.

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.
  • Created and developed a fully coordinated statewide Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), with 7 regional offices, to provide resources to child care providers and parents.
  • Created and developed a statewide Professional Development System (PDS) for child care providers with a trainer/training approval component, mentor/coaching, Child Care Health Consultation, academic and training scholarships, facility improvement component through a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and individual cash incentives for increasing skills and knowledge.
  • Increased the cultural competency of the IdahoSTARS project through a Multi-Cultural Community Liaison staff position.
  • Partnered with many other Idaho agencies and organizations to coordinate early care and education throughout the state.

IdahoSTARS 2014-2019 Goals

  1. Conduct a community outreach and education campaign that results in statewide public and private demand for quality child care in Idaho.
  2. Increase participation of children from low-income families in high quality child care by creating sustainable incentive strategies for providers and monitoring systems to track ICCP children in quality care.
  3. Increase participation of child care providers across the state in IdahoSTARS Professional Development System (PDS).
  4. To ensure on-going quality improvement and communication on outcomes, create an on-line integrated system to efficiently collect, store, and retrieve information on all aspects of IdahoSTARS programs.
  5. Training opportunities across the state will: a). target essential skills for child care providers, b). be accessible in multiple formats, and c). be evaluated for effectiveness and quality.
  6. Develop and implement an on-going research/evaluation plan to assess critical aspects of the IdahoSTARS program and to disseminate information that is statewide and nationally relevant.
  7. Improve child care supports and services for children with diverse abilities.
  8. To remain current and knowledgeable about evidenced-based practices across topics related to care and education for children, implement a professional development plan for all IdahoSTARS staff.

Child Care in Idaho: Summary Report

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 Child Care Health Consultant

Location: Twin Falls
Promotes healthy and safe child care by assisting with program policy development and implementation of quality health, safety, and nutrition practices in early care and education settings. This position requires a licensed health professional with education and experience in child and community health; preferred knowledge of developmental screening tools and procedures for use. Salary range: $23.00 per hour. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP001656P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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: $15.56 - $17.51 per hour. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP001632P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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/early-education-job-postings/

IdahoSTARS Contact Information

Phone: Call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588

Email: iswebmaster@uidaho.edu

Center on Disabilities and Human Development
University of Idaho
1187 Alturas Drive
Moscow, ID 83843

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday