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.



Employment

Assistant Director, IdahoSTARS

Location: Post Falls, CDA, Moscow, Boise, Pocatello or Idaho Falls
Under the direction of the IdahoSTARS Director, the IdahoSTARS Assistant Director is responsible for development, implementation, and oversight of assigned early care and education quality goals with a primary focus on advancing social and emotional quality improvement activities in early childhood settings. This position serves as a member of the IdahoSTARS leadership team. In partnership with the other IdahoSTARS Assistant Directors, this position will lead assigned strategic activities, to include development of strategic objectives, project management, contract monitoring, budgeting, supervision and oversight of project staff and contractors, and evaluation reporting. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP002934P. 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 Professional Development Specialist

Location: Boise/Caldwell
The Professional Development (PD) Specialist, under the direction of the Training Office Coordinator, helps support the goals of the IdahoSTARS project with English and Spanish 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 in English and Spanish, delivering professional development opportunities in English and Spanish, and training staff and trainers on developed materials. 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 #SP002925P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


Idaho STARS Child Care Resource Specialist

Location: Caldwell
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 #SP003001P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Child Care Health Consultant

Location: Lewiston or Post Falls
This position 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 provides coaching, training, and resources to child care directors and providers, families, and regional and statewide partners. For more information or to apply visit Announcement #SP002917. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


IdahoSTARS Child Development Associate Specialist

Location: Posts 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 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 #SP002900P. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


Customer Support Specialist for the IdahoSTARS Project

Location: Boise
The Customer Support Specialist’s role is to provide responsive and engaging customer support for child care professionals as they navigate the data management system (RISE), Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP), and state child care licensing. This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, position paying ~$17.00 per hour with an increased language differential for bilingual or multilingual candidates. The full job description is on the Idaho AEYC website. This position is open until September 24, 2021. Apply by emailing a letter of application indicating your interest, qualifications for this position, names/phone numbers of 3 references, and a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment) to jobs@idahoaeyc.org.


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