This program was designed to achieve three goals:
By raising the overall level of child care in Oklahoma and access to low-income families, this will create lasting benefits for children. Studies show that the first five years of a child’s life have a direct impact on the lifetime development of the individual. Young children who attended higher quality care programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills. Thus, Reaching for the Stars increases the ability for child care providers to create the necessary experiences that lay the foundation for each child’s long-term success.
There are 4 quality levels in the Reaching for the Stars program: One-Star, One-Star Plus, Two-Star, and Three-Star. There are specific criteria that must be met at each level:
Numerous early childhood programs in Oklahoma use HiMama in their licensed child care facilities to meet expectations set out by Reaching for the Stars. How your center chooses to use HiMama will vary based on the unique circumstances of your community, families, educators and attending children. However, we’ve provided some guidance on how HiMama will assist your early childhood program in achieving a higher rating.
|KEY AREAS OF A CHILD CARE PROVIDER||HIMAMA APPLICATION|
|Director/teaching staff qualifications and ongoing development||
|Teaching practices and early learning programming|
To find a Reaching for the Stars provider near you, a parent or caregiver can visit Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services website.
HiMama makes documentation and reporting of children’s learning and development in alignment with Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) quick and easy so that educators can spend less time on documentation and paperwork and more time with children. Learn how HiMama can help you align to Oklahoma's quality guidelines without all the paperwork and late nights.