Participation in QUALITYstarsNY can be best understood through the four main phases of the project's implementation.
During Phase I of implementation, sites are recruited and apply to participate in QUALITYstarsNY. Eligible sites are then selected to participate. During this phase, programs receive information and support from QUALITYstarsNY partners. Programs are able to access outreach materials, including the website, for more information.
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During Phase II of implementation, participants attend an orientation session to formally introduce them to QUALITYstarsNY. They then submit required documentation to Aspire, New York State's workforce registry, and engage in the Standards Self-Study Process. During this phase, participants have access to a Quality Improvement Specialist who provides on‐site technical assistance assisting participants through the Standards Self‐Study process, including assisting in translating the standards and helping sites to identify and develop appropriate documentation for submission. Resources are also available to support training on topics directly linked to QUALITYstarsNY, including the Environment Rating Scales.
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During Phase III, Standards Self‐Studies are reviewed and sites receive a Provisional Rating. Sites with Provisional Ratings of Three Stars and higher receive Independent Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Observations. All sites create a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) with the assistance of the Quality Improvement Specialist. After an ERS Observation is conducted, an Active Rating is issued. If a site receives an Active Rating of Four or Five Stars, they will receive an independent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observation. In this phase, sites have access to support grants for materials and scholarships for professional development through QUALITY Scholars that are aligned with their QIP. Participants may also work in a Learning Community of peer engagement and support with other sites under the guidance of the Quality Improvement Specialists.
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During Phase IV, sites engage in on‐going quality improvement aligned to the Quality Improvement Plan. Participants engage in training, credit‐bearing coursework, intensive technical assistance and other quality improvement supports. Quality Improvement Specialists provide coaching and link participants to local quality improvement supports. Programs are also re‐rated and re‐assessed. When QUALITYstarsNY reaches statewide implementation with a critical mass of programs, star ratings will be released to the general public so that families have access to information about program quality.
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