This study examined quality differences among family child care homes of various star ratings in Oklahoma. Unlike child care centers in Oklahoma, neither subsidy density nor licensing variables had a significant impact on quality in family child care homes. The factors of specialized education and professional development are most closely linked to differences in quality. Data indicate that family child care home quality varies by star category with higher levels of quality seen in homes with higher star ratings.
This executive summary describes quality differences between child care centers from various levels of the "Reaching for the Stars" program in Oklahoma. Differences in centers by Star category are described on a variety of commonly used measures of child care quality. Data sources include: director interviews, teacher and director surveys, and classroom observations. The increased financial support provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to centers with higher Star ratings is a common motivator to participate in the Stars program.