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NC Star Rated License Validation Study

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), in partnership with Child Trends, collaborated with North Carolina’s Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to conduct a validation study of North Carolina’s TQRIS, the Star Rated License system.   The validation study included two phases: (1) an exploration and model development phase, and (2) a model testing phase.

In Phase I, the research team solicited feedback from providers and key stakeholders and gathered other data to inform possible revisions to the NC Star Rated License. DCDEE used the information to develop alternative TQRIS models. Existing programs were then mapped onto the alternative TQRIS models using available data and a small-scale data collection effort. The model with the best fit to the state’s goals (i.e., increasing the minimum and highest standards and representing incremental improvement overall) was selected for further testing in Phase II.

Phase II involved implementing a validation study to test the selected model. Data collection included program-level quality data, classroom observations, director interviews, on-site document reviews, family surveys, and direct child assessments. Participants in Phase II included 176 child care centers, 70 family child care homes, and 786 children and their families.

The Validation Study Final Report is under final review and will be available here in May 2017.

RTT-ELC Reform Area: High Quality Accountable Programs