Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW Process Evaluation

The Process Evaluation of Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW was initiated by the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, Division of Child Care to provide an examination and assessment of existing STARS components and to provide a basis for recommendations to improve STARS implementation statewide.

The Evaluation was conducted by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research organization located in Washington DC. The Evaluation was supported by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services, Division of Child Care.

Executive Summary

Provides an overview of key findings, strengths of the existing system and recommendations for areas to target for taking STARS to the next level of effectiveness. download

Methods Brief

Provides an overview of STARS for KIDS NOW and brief information on the context for Evaluation. Details are provided about the specific research questions, methods and data sources used in the Evaluation. download

Provider Perceptions of STARS

Examines motivation to participate in STARS, perceptions of the STARS rating process, the challenges in meeting grid requirements, and implications for revisions to the rating process. download

Provision of Technical Assistance

Describes the overall patterns in the types of technical assistance received by providers by Kentucky Partnership staff and contracted agencies. download

Collaboration & Coordination of TA

Highlights provider perceptions of coordination and collaboration among TA providers, and SQC and PD Counselor perception of the TA system. download

Alternative Rating Structures

Designed to inform the discussion of alternative rating structures for Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW. download

Resource and Referral

Provides information about how the CCR&R system serves early care and education practitioners, parents and stakeholders throughout the state. download

Household Survey

Provides information on the patterns of early care and education and school-age arrangements used by families in Kentucky. download

All requests for data or questions about the research and evaluation conducted should be submitted to Patti Singleton at panabe2@uky.edu or (859) 257-4913. All data requests will be reviewed and approved by the funder.