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.



Employment

IdahoSTARS Professional Development Specialist

Location: Post Falls, Moscow, Lewiston, Caldwell, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello or Idaho Falls
The Professional Development (PD) Specialist, under the direction of the Training Office Coordinator, helps support the goals of the IdahoSTARS project with development and delivery of early childhood professional development opportunities that are equitable, research-based, and demonstrate best-practices for child care providers serving children birth to 12 years old in Idaho. The PD Specialist is responsible for developing early childhood curriculum and technical assistance modules , delivering professional development opportunities, and training staff and trainers on developed materials. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003104P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Child Development Associate Specialist

Location: Post Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello, Boise, Caldwell, Twin Falls
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Specialist, under the direction of the CCRC Assistant Director, will support the goals of the IdahoSTARS program through implementing Child Development Associates (CDA) credential cohorts. The Specialist will oversee recruitment efforts in collaboration with the regional offices, set up cohort meetings with childcare providers, and deliver coaching and professional development opportunities. This is a temporary position funded through IdahoSTARS project through June 30, 2022 with the potential for longer-term employment. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #STH001859P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant

Location: Boise
The IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant increases the quality of child care in Idaho through coaching, mentoring, and training child care educators throughout the region. The Consultant partners with child care educators to create recommended interventions using evidence-based best practices derived from peer-reviewed research and national professional guidelines and assessment criteria. The Consultant evaluates implementation results and guides child care educators through reflective progress engagement and goal-focused outcome achievement. The Consultant also recruits and orients child care educators for participation with the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System (PDS), the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS), and the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003124P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Evaluation Coordinator

Location: Boise or Moscow
This position coordinates program evaluation activities for the IdahoSTARS project – a statewide collaborative project between the University of Idaho’s Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The IdahoSTARS Evaluation Coordinator will design and implement evaluation plans, create evaluation documents and measurement tools, gather and organize evaluation data, create evaluation reports, and assist the IdahoSTARS leadership team with corresponding program improvement and outreach activities. This is a temporary position funded through IdahoSTARS project through June 30, 2022 with the potential for longer-term employment. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP002946P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant

Location: Caldwell
The IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant increases the quality of child care in Idaho through coaching, mentoring, and training child care educators throughout the region. The Consultant partners with child care educators to create recommended interventions using evidence-based best practices derived from peer-reviewed research and national professional guidelines and assessment criteria. The Consultant evaluates implementation results and guides child care educators through reflective progress engagement and goal-focused outcome achievement. The Consultant also recruits and orients child care educators for participation with the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System (PDS), the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS), and the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003123P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant

Location: Lewiston
The IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Consultant increases the quality of child care in Idaho through coaching, mentoring, and training child care educators throughout the region. The Consultant partners with child care educators to create recommended interventions using evidence-based best practices derived from peer-reviewed research and national professional guidelines and assessment criteria. The Consultant evaluates implementation results and guides child care educators through reflective progress engagement and goal-focused outcome achievement. The Consultant also recruits and orients child care educators for participation with the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System (PDS), the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS), and the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003143P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Child Care Resource Specialist

Location: Lewiston or Posts Falls
The Resource Specialist, under the direction of the Lead Consultant, supports and maintains ongoing contact with child care providers with a focus on communicating current rules governing child care licensing and for continued participation as an ICCP provider. This position maintains up to date provider information contributing to the Local Market Rate data. The Resource Specialist offers referrals to parents seeking child care and maintains confidentiality of all clients. Assures accurate data is maintained in the IdahoSTARS RISE database, supports overall function of the regional office and maintains regional lending library. The Resource Specialist works collaboratively with the IdahoSTARS statewide team, supports regional office functions, provides communication to families, child care programs and communities in assigned regions with exceptional customer support. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP002919P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Lead Quality Child Care Consultant

Location: Posts Falls
The Lead Regional Quality Child Care Consultant, in collaboration with the Assistant Director, is responsible for assuring that the assigned regional office staff meet the goals of the IdahoSTARS program. The Lead Consultant is responsible for oversight of their assigned region including daily on-site supervision of regional office staff; ensuring adherence to established processes and procedures; providing consultation services (site visits) to child care providers; providing technical assistance to child care providers and utilizes an early childhood coaching approach; recruiting IdahoSTARS qualified trainers to participate in the Idaho STARS training system; providing resources to child care providers and registry participants; and providing leadership in the development and completion of community outreach events and opportunities in order to increase awareness of the value of quality care and education. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003139P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Child Care Resource Specialist

Location: Twin Falls
The Resource Specialist, under the direction of the Lead Consultant, supports and maintains ongoing contact with child care providers with a focus on communicating current rules governing child care licensing and for continued participation as an ICCP provider. This position maintains up to date provider information contributing to the Local Market Rate data. The Resource Specialist offers referrals to parents seeking child care and maintains confidentiality of all clients. Assures accurate data is maintained in the IdahoSTARS RISE database, supports overall function of the regional office and maintains regional lending library. The Resource Specialist works collaboratively with the IdahoSTARS statewide team, supports regional office functions, provides communication to families, child care programs and communities in assigned regions with exceptional customer support. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP003065P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


Quality and Equity Program Specialist for the IdahoSTARS Project, Idaho AEYC

Location: Boise
The Quality and Equity Program Specialist will manage similar program duties in support of the IdahoSTARS Steps to Quality program and the expanding equity work of the IdahoSTARS Project. This individual will work internally with quality and equity systems and data, project-wide with IdahoSTARS team members working in child care facilities, and statewide with and on behalf of a wide-range of home and center-based child care providers. This position will work directly with multicultural/multilingual child care providers and requires fluency in both English and Spanish. This position may be hybrid/remote. Hybrid is available to anyone living in the Treasure Valley and will require at least one day a week in the office, likely Mondays, when there is a full return to office. Remote is available to anyone living in Idaho. 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