Learn about the ways to improve, maintain and communicate the quality of your program.

Many states have a Quality Improvement System (QIS). Delaware’s system is called Delaware Stars for Early Success (DE Stars).
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What is Delaware Stars for Early Success?

Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Improvement System (QIS).  This voluntary program is used to measure, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings.

The Department of Education (DOE) has released the Quality Indicators and Key Practices that will be used to support early childhood programs as part of the revised Quality Improvement System. The QIS Revision Update page includes the latest available information related to Delaware’s new early childhood support system – take a look to view the Quality Indicators and Key Practices for center-based programs and FCC programs, along with updates related to the QIS revision shared by DOE.

Tiered Reimbursement Program

Tiered Reimbursement Program is a separate payment made monthly by the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) to Delaware Stars providers with a previous level  3, 4 or 5 who accept POC.

Some licensed programs currently receive more than 100% of the market rate as a result of both Purchase of Care and Tiered Reimbursement payments. Due to the Governor’s budget passing, DOE will adjust Tiered Reimbursement payments so that programs will continue to receive the same amount as FY23, although programs will see an increase in their check from Purchase of Care and a decrease in their check for Tiered Reimbursement.

Accreditation is another way a child care provider communicates the quality of their program. In order to become accredited by an agency child care providers are evaluated according to the agency’s set of rules. Some child care providers in Delaware are accredited by the following agencies. Visit their websites for more information on the rules and process for becoming accredited.

My Child DE is a user-friendly website that brings together resources to help families, providers and other caretakers make informed choices for the children of Delaware. The goal of My Child DE is to help these groups feel welcome, informed and empowered to engage, learn and take the next steps needed to support children.