Presentation on theme: "Tennessee Child Care Evaluation Program"— Presentation transcript:
1Tennessee Child Care Evaluation Program The following PowerPoint presentation has been used byprogram managers and evaluators to explain the TennesseeChild Care Evaluation Program to many different interestgroups throughout the state including:LegislatorsParentsChild Care ProvidersNew Assessors and Support Staff
2Tennessee Child Care Evaluation Program programsChild Care Evaluation & Report Card ProgramStar-Quality Child Care ProgramVOLUNTARYMANDATORY
3Evaluation & Report Card Program Participation is mandatory for all DHS-licensed child care providers.Evaluation program started August 1, 2001 with providers whose licenses expired in October 2001.
4Evaluation & Report Card Program Centers areevaluated onareasFamily & group homes are evaluated onareas
5Evaluation & Report Card Program Providers receive results of their evaluation and assessments with their new licenses and a report card.This initial report card has check marks next to the criteria the facility achieved.criterioncriterioncriterioncriterion
6Evaluation & Report Card Program These report cards are to be posted to give parents or prospective parents more information about the child care facility.The initial reports cards do not include any numerical ratings or scores, including the assessment scores.Program assessment scores will be added to the report cards in October 2002.
7Evaluation & Report Card Program When the Licensing Counselor sends the provider the new license and initial report card, the Licensing Counselor will also send a letter of application for the (voluntary) Star-Quality Program…ifthe provider is qualified to participate in this program.
8Star-Quality Child Care Program Who qualifies for the Star-Quality Program?Providers who have…at least a rating in both the compliance history & program assessment componentsan overall average of at least aand
9Star-Quality Child Care Program How does a provider get at least a on their program assessment?If the lowest classroom score is…above 3below 3then the program assessment rating is based onaverage of all classroom scoresthat lowest classroom score
10Star-Quality Child Care Program How does a provider get at least a on their program assessment? (continued)a score ofgets this ratingwhich means4.00 – 4.49“average”“average” to “good”4.50 – 4.99“good” or better5.00 +
11Star-Quality Child Care Program Remember that application letter? It will tell providers what their overall rating (1, 2 or 3 stars) would be.What do program participants get?bonus payments for any certificate children in their carea second, more detailed report card andup to 3 stars to apply to their licenses
12Star-Quality Child Care Program That second, more detailed report card will include component ratings as well as an overall rating for the facility.A provider’s overall rating is determined by totaling the component ratings and then dividing the total by the number of areas on which the provider’s program was evaluated.Providers can earn…up to 3 stars in each componentup to 3 stars for an overall rating
13Star-Quality Child Care Program If a program is accredited by a DHS-recognized agency, it may be eligible to have one point added to its total before it is averaged.thenThere will be no additional fees or paperwork associated with this program.NO
14Star-Quality Child Care Program If eligible providers want to participate in the Star-Quality Program, all they have to do is sign and return the application letter to DHS.Providers will have to reapply for the Star-Quality Program every year.Eligibility for this program will be based on annual evaluation results.