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About this site

This site is for child care providers who are searching for information about Tennessee's Evaluation and Report Card and Star-Quality programs. It also offers details about how these programs affect providers and the children they care for. Other information for both child care providers and for parents is available from the TDHS web site.

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Site Map

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The Tennessee Child Care Report Card Programs

Background information

About report cards (also sample report cards)

Program updates

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The Tennessee Star-Quality Program

Background information

Who qualifies for Star-Quality

How to participate in the program

Financial rewards of participating

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All About Program Assessments

What is an assessment?

Who conducts an assessment?

Frequently Asked Questions about assessments

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS)

More information about process quality and the Environment Rating Scales

TN Additional Notes to the Environment Rating Scales

DAPs (Developmentally Appropriate Practices)

infants and children
early childhood
school-age children
family and group home care

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How to Learn More

Visit TDHS online

Ask a Question or submit a comment to the TN Anchors

Links to reputable sources about child care


Contact your local child care licensing office

Contact your local Child Care Resource Center

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About This Site

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contact SWORPS

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Opening PDF Files

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You only need to install the program once, then you can open all the PDF files you would like to!

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More About UT SWORPS

This web site is made possible by a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the University of Tennessee College of Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (UT-SWORPS).

UT-SWORPS is an important part of the University of Tennessee's College of Social Work. We work hard to improve the quality of human services practiced in Tennessee, the southeast, and the nation. We work to benefit human services workers, their agencies, and their clients. SWORPS works with public and private agencies across our state and beyond. We provide a wide range of services, including the following:

  • program design and management
  • training development, delivery, and evaluation
  • program evaluation
  • research services
  • continuing professional education
  • technical assistance

For more information about SWORPS, visit our organization's web site.

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Contact Us

If you have questions or problems with this site, contact the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) .

You can use the Ask A Question page if you have

  • a question about program assessments or observations
  • a question about the Star-Quality program
  • a question about the Report Card program
Link to: Ask a Question

If you need technical assistance, call your local Child Care Resource Center. For more information on licensing, you can call your local licensing office.


Questions about this site? Please email the .
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