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Associated Students of Idaho State University Early Learning Center earns STAR Rating

October 22, 2010
ISU Marketing and Communications

The Associated Students of Idaho State University Early Learning Center has earned a STAR Rating through the IdahoSTARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

The QRIS is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care facilities in Idaho. The quality of the facility is rated through a system of five stars, similar to ratings for hotels, movies and restaurants.

The QRIS has three goals: inform parents choices, improve the quality of child care, and implement “Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education.”  “Strengthening Families” is a child abuse and neglect prevention framework that focuses on supporting family strengths through positive child care provider/parent relationships.

Child care facilities participating in QRIS earn points and an overall rating based on eight quality standards: environment, education, professional development, inclusion, strengthening families, child-to-staff ratio, group size and business practices.

The QRIS includes a built-in system for improvement in each standard. In this way, the QRIS credits facilities for the quality practices already in pace while providing a roadmap to increased quality.

The QRIS was designed with input from child care providers, professionals and community members in pilot trials during 2007 and 2008 and opened statewide on Jan.1.



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