Support for STARS Programs
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The CACFP is federally funded by the Food and Nutrition Services of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Department of Public Health and Human Services/Human & Community Services Division/Early Childhood Services Bureau is the State agency which administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Montana. The State agency:
- Provides consultative, technical and managerial personnel to administer the program in the state
- Provides sufficient training and technical assistance to institutions
- Monitors program performance
- Facilitates the expansion of the program
- Ensures effective operation of the program by participating institutions
For more information go to the CACFP website.
STARS Consultants are available through the CCR&R agency and will provide support to the program in a variety of ways. The consultant is available to assist programs in quality improvement planning, action planning, understanding the STARS program criteria and steps involved, and will be there to work with the program to meet individual program goals as the program requests. Consultants are trained in all assessment tools, and will go with assessors on baseline assessments for programs. Consultants are trained in the STARS Application site, and are available to assist programs with navigation of the site.
Pyramid Model Coaching
Pyramid Coaches are available through the CCR&R agency and will provide training on the Pyramid Model as well as supporting implementation of Pyramid Model practices to fidelity using an evidence-based coaching model.
STARS programs will work with their Pyramid Coach to develop a system to support coaching or work within an already established coaching system to plan for program wide implementation of Pyramid Model practices. Coaching activities, in addition to training will include such things as:
- Coaching agreements with the Director, Leadership team, Behavior Support Team, and Classroom Teachers
- Providing coaching services in a variety of ways: on-site, video conference, video observation review with email feedback, email, and phone calls.
- Data based decision making using Pyramid Model Tools such as the Inventory of Practices , Benchmarks of Quality, training kits, on-line modules, Pyramid Implementation Video, the Pyramid Observation, Tool (TPOT) and The Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS) to:
- Establish program wide expectations
- Establish a Program Behavior Support Plan
- Determine how to deliver coaching at the classroom level
- Support classroom teachers in maintaining or increasing TPOT/TPITOS scores
- Work towards developing additional ways for programs to receive coaching through community coaches and peer coaching.
- Regular communication with families about Pyramid Model implementation
NAFCC Accreditation Mentoring
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are available statewide to coordinate mentoring to programs pursuing NAFCC accreditation.
Programs will have a STARS Consultant assigned to them through their local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. The coach is available to assist programs in quality improvement planning, action planning, understanding the STARS program criteria and steps involved, and will be there to work with the program to meet individual program goals as the program requests.
STARS Support from Businesses
The Early Childhood Services Bureau recognizes the following businesses who are independently supporting Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Participants. If you are a STARS to Quality Participant, please contact your STARS coach for more information.
The State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau does not endorse particular vendors, these vendors have provided this opportunity to Best Beginnings STARS to Quality participants independently as a means of supporting high quality early care and education for young children.
Workforce Support and Incentives, Professional Development
More information is available through the Early Childhood Project.
Early Childhood Workforce Incentives Chart