1 Kentucky requently Asked Questions (FAQ) All STARS F do not receive public funding exempt from participating in Kentucky All STARS ? Are centers that Pursuant to House articipation in the program of : Yes. Answer Bill 234, signed on March 19, 2015, p child -care centers and certified public- funded monetary incentives and in the quality rating system by mandatory. family child -care homes is "Public- funded" means a program which receives local, state, or federal funding. entucky However, all programs are encouraged to participate. Participation in K All STARS will provide d education provided to our programs with resources and supports to increase the quality of care an , all required programs must youngest learners. Per the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant entucky be in K All STARS by June 30, 2017. Will this be a part of your licensing/certification inspection or will it be separate? Answer : The STARS rating will be separate from your licensing/certification inspection. What are deemed professional learning activities and which screener is accepted? Answer : 50% of staff receives training in developmental screenings as referenced in the Continuous Assessment Guide . Specific examples of screeners will be discussed during Technical Assistance ( TA ) for verification. Will the environmental self -assessment be the same tool the Quality Coach and Rater use or will this be a different tool? Who will administer the “environmental self -assessment”? : The environmental self- assessment will be the same E nvironmental Rating Scale (ERS) tool Answer whoever rates your program ( used by , Coaches , RTC Staff, or Race to the Top Consultant .) Raters Someone in the program sh RS self- assessment. ould administer the E Is th e 10 hours in addition to the state’s mandatory hours (9 for in home and 15 for type 1)? Who will be checking the hours? : These 10 hours can be part of the professionals required professional development hours; Answer reference d in this standard are specific to curriculum, instructional practices, however, the 10 hours and/or teaching and learning. Preschool and child care staff that are responsible for standards verification will be checking the hours. Currently the Rater and Quality Coach conduct ERS based on a percentage of classrooms determined by a formula. Will the process be similar moving forward or will Raters and Coaches be expected to conduc t ERS for every classroom of a provider? Answer : The current formula used in STARS for KIDS now in preschool monitoring will be used for Kentucky - All STARS. An environment assessment shall be completed during each rating visit for one third (1/3) of the total number of classrooms, including at least one (1) classroom for each of the age groups for which the center provides care. Will programs still receive incentive money based on their STARS rating (initial, annual, and quality)? Answer: Yes, however ti ered reimbursement is still in developmen t.
2 Will programs be awarded increasing points depending on which age groups they meet ratios for? Answer points will be awarded for meeting NA EYC ratios for Infants, one point for meeting : Yes. Two for Toddlers and one point age children . NAEYC ratios for meeting NAYEC ratios for preschool -3? Will we be expected to use the ECERS -R or ECERS Answer : All early learning child care programs currently participating in STARS for KIDS NOW should -3. continue using ECERS -R until everyone under the All STARS unified system is trained on ECERS line to move to ECERS -3 training and their time -3 State funded preschool programs have started ECERS implementation may be faster than child care. However, both versions of the tool are considered valid your and reliable and current scores may be used to determi S level. ne STAR o all staff have to be given 11 days of paid time off, health insurance and retirement? D : Your policy will define the admin/ leadership practice Answer days off, he alth insurance, and regarding time or part -time staff. retirement for full- point: 11 day You will be awarded points depending on the benefits outlined in the program polices (1 s paid time off, 1 point: health insurance and 1 point: retirement) rticipating in STARS , should I renew or submit my interim if it is coming up soon? If I’m currently pa : All early learning programs participating in the STARS for KIDS NOW program should continue Answer -school programs will continue with the current renewal and interim report process. State funded pre within the same monitoring timeline. do I apply for the new Kentucky All Sta rs? How Answer : Complete the Kentucky All STARS application to express an interest in migrating to the new system . After completing the application, preschool or child care staff will contact you regard ing next steps in the process. When will the mandatory migration start? Will it be based on renewal date? STAR rating should complete the Answer Kentucky All STARS : Sites that wish to increase their application to express an interest in migrating to the new system . Dates for ren ewal will be determined at a later date. is below. T he migration plan Timeline Sept Oct Nov Dec July Jan Feb Mar Apr May June Aug 2016 2016 2017 2016 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 Hold Harmless Period (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) Preschool Migration (July 2016 -June 30,2017) Migration Phase 3 child Migration Phase 2 child Migration Phase 1 child care volunteers rated by care volunteers rated care volunteers rated Dec. 31, 2016 by March 30, 2017 by June 30, 2017
3 Can you explain what you mean by “hold harmless”? This is a time perio d for migrating programs into Kentucky All STARS. P currently Answer: rograms continue to get all rights and benefits under the current STARS OW will participating in STARS for KIDS N Kentucky regulation until the implementation of the new unified system and adoption of regulations for All STARS. The Hold Harmless period will also allow for data collection to inform further development of Kentucky All STARS. If our program has multiple sites, will each site have to submit an application if most of the information is the same? rately. Answer : At this time each site must apply sepa Are the professional learning activities related to strengthening family engagement, developmental screening, ng and learning a yearly or one - time curriculum, instructional practices and/or teachi requirement ? : These one time activities but evidence may need to be submitted each rating cycle. Answer may be Ideally professionals would choose to attend these types of professional learning activities frequently. Can you provide some examples ? of how to meet each of the standards Answer : Examples will be provided during Technical Assistance (TA). When implementing transition supports for children and families , is this referring to from daycare to school? From from one activity to the other? infant room to toddler room, etc., : For this standard any and all transition activities are used to meet the requirement. Answer TA will clarify transition supports. When will the regional forums be held? How many per region? : Roll out of the regional forums will begin in September 2016 with the focus being on Standards Answer of Quality. Continue to monitor the website for dates, times, and locations. When will the verification processes for each standard be released? Will there be lists from w hat coaches suggested to assist with verifying the standards? Answer : During the hold harmless period, data collected will determine the methods and documentation used for verification. One standard states that program/ site administrators and 75% of t heir staff complete professional Are Kentucky Strengthening Families learning activities related to strengthening family engagement. e only ones currently being offered or will other trainings qualify ? Trainings th Answer : Trainings for Strengthening Families is one way a program can meet this standard. Other trainings will qualify as long as the training meets the criteria, more specific information will be provided in verification TA. Will suitable trainings be offered regularly to meet the standards? For example, will there be PD related to strengthening family engagement, curriculum, etc.? Answer : There will be multiple opportunities for TA, training and coaching in all areas. Would it be possible for field staff to have a "Kentucky Career Lattice" information sheet?
4 Kentucky Career Lattice EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE LEVELS H.S. Diploma or equivalent 1 Commonwealth Child Care Credential CDA 2 Associate degree in early childhood or the equivalent of 30 credit hours in early childhood coursework OR Bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood and at least 1 year full time related experience in early childhood field 3 OR Bachelor’s degree in a field not related to early childhood and 10 years full time related experience in early childhood field At least a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood OR Bachelor’s degree in a related field to early childhood and the equivalent of 3 credit hours in child development and at least 1 year full time 4 related experience in EC field OR Bachelor’s degree in a field not related to early childhood, the equivalent of 3 credit hours in child development, and at least 10 years full time related experience in early childhood field Master’s degree in early childhood OR Master’s degree in a field related to early childhood, 3 credit hours in child development, and 1 year full time related experience early childhood field 5 OR Master’s degree in a field not related to early childhood, the equivalent of 3 credit hours in ch ild development, and at least 10 years full time related experience in early childhood field Holds a Kentucky Director’s Credential OR Administrator/Director Holds an administrator certificate in a field not related to early childhood and the equivalent of 3 credit hours in child development or at least 5 years full time related experience in early childhood field Please continue to check the FAQ periodically for updates . Updated 7/25/2016
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