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Tennessee Report Card & Star Quality Program: Year 13 annual report

The Tennessee Report Card and Star Quality Program (the "STARS" program) was implemented in October 2001 to improve the quality of child care in the state. The goals and objectives of the program, as outlined in T.C.A.[section] 71-3-502, and described in Rules of Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult and Family Services Division, Chapter 1240-04-07 are: 1. To encourage and recognize quality child care programs, 2. To improve the quality of child care in Tennessee, and 3. To provide support and information to parents as they seek to secure quality child care for their children. There are two aspects of the Tennessee Report Card and Star Quality Program: the mandatory Report Card Program and the voluntary Star Quality Program. Child care centers and family/group homes undergo an annual mandatory license renewal evaluation (the Report Card Program). During the evaluation, the program evaluator determines whether the center/home is eligible for the voluntary Star Quality Program; programs are eligible if they receive a score of at least 1 star on the program assessment component and a total score of at least 1 star. All licensed programs must display their license and report card; in addition, eligible programs that choose to participate receive 1, 2, or 3 stars to display on their license. Along with the report card, this tells parents that the program meets certain state-defined quality standards. Parents can search for licensed child care programs on the DHS website, where programs are classified by Star Quality Rating. In addition, as centers receive more stars, they receive higher reimbursement rates from the DHS Child Care Certificate Program. Since both programs employ the same evaluation criteria, this report covers only the results of the more inclusive Report Card Program. The report examines scores on all components of the report card evaluation and provides further details about the program assessment component scores. The purpose of this report is to analyze the report card results for all child care agencies evaluated during the 13th program year of the Tennessee Report Card and Star Quality Program, defined as October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. The report compares the Year 13 results to the results for Year 1 (the baseline year) and Year 12 (the previous year). On occasion, Year 13 scores are compared to Year 5 scores; Year 5 is used as a second baseline year because DHS introduced substantial changes in the child care system during the latter part of Year 5 and Year 6. (author abstract)
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