The IdahoSTARS QRIS emphasizes quality improvement. Facilities in the QRIS are recognized for the quality practices already in place. At the same time, facilities must intentionally plan improvements for the three years a STAR rating is valid. Funding is available to support planned improvements as long as goals are met along the way and funding is available.
How long will it take? There are many steps to receiving a star rating; the process from attending the QRIS Orientation to getting a rating may take 18 months or longer. Facilities operate on their own schedule.
There are only two 'deadlines' for the QRIS:
- Application for a Facility Profile is due 90 days after the QRIS site visit with the Consultant.
- Application for a STAR Rating is due one year after a facility receives funding for the QRIS Improvement Plan
STEP 1: The facility obtains a license. All facilities must be licensed to participate in the QRIS. Licensed facilities must meet the health and safety requirements of the state of Idaho, including criminal history checks.
STEP 2: The facility director attends an orientation to the QRIS. The QRIS Orientation is available in each region of the state through the CCR&R office.
STEP 3: The Regional Quality Child Care Consultant visits the director who has signed the QRIS Letter of Commitment.
STEP 4: The facility director attends training on the Environment Rating Scales. This training explains the scales and prepares the director for the assessment process.
STEP 5: Classroom(s) in the facility receive an environment assessment using the Environment Rating Scales.
STEP 6: The facility completes an Application for a Facility Profile. This is a self-study of current practices as they relate to the quality standards.
STEP 7: The director submits the Application for a Facility Profile in to the Consultant within 90 days of the first QRIS site visit.
STEP 8: A Facility Profile is generated by the QRIS office. The Facility Profile verifies the quality indicators that the facility has documented. The Profile outlines the facility's strengths and areas needing improvement.
STEP 9: The facility uses the Facility Profile to create an improvement plan toward highest quality, using the QRIS quality indicators as a planning tool.
STEP 10: The facility submits the IdahoSTARS QRIS Improvement Plan and Funding Request to the QRIS office.
STEP 11: After working to implement the improvement plan (for 6 months or longer) the facility applies for a STAR rating. This application is due one year from the time the facility receives funds for the improvement plan.
STEP 12: The facility receives a STAR rating.
STEP 13: Facilities submit yearly reports, improvement plans, and funding requests.
STEP 14: Facilities apply for STAR rating renewal every three years.