Research is increasingly showing the direct link between the quality of early child care experiences and its impact on children’s later success in academics and socio-emotional development. For instance, young children who attended higher quality early care programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills.
The purpose of the Star-Quality program is two-fold. The first is that it is implemented to support, recognize, and encourage child care providers to offer higher quality care in their programs. The second is to help families choose their child care provider with greater confidence by having access to information about the quality of the provider.
There are five major categories over which a child care center is evaluated:
A program can earn and progress from one star to three stars. The program evaluator assigns a star rating to each category and the overall rating is calculated by taking the average of the ratings for each category.
Numerous early childhood programs in Tennessee use HiMama in their licensed child care facilities to meet expectations set out by the Star-Quality program. 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 meeting the expectations set by Star-Quality.
|STAR-QUALITY CATEGORY||HIMAMA APPLICATION|
|Director and teaching staff qualifications, training, and experience||
|Parental and family involvement||
|Ratios and group sizes|
|Program assessment (on-site observation)|
To find a Star-Quality provider near you, a parent or caregiver can visit Tennessee’s Department of Human Services website.
HiMama makes documentation and reporting of children’s learning and development in alignment with Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS) 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 Tennessee's quality guidelines without all the paperwork and late nights.