What does Starfest Support?
Starfest helps fund the high-quality programming provided by Childcare Resources. With a budget of $2,891,231, Childcare Resources works to support early education across three key areas including providing childcare, teacher training, and family support. Although substantial support from local sources offsets program costs, we rely on generous local funders and private philanthropy. Programs supported include:
Childcare Resources, and all contracting centers, are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Accredited schools meet ten standards and use a curriculum that builds growth-promoting classroom environments. Such classrooms provide children with the ability to practice necessary academic and life skills.1
Childcare Resources offers program parents mental health referrals, educational activities, and temporarily covers tuition for families in crisis. When families are supported and engaged, children are able to thrive.2
Childcare Resources offers multiple opportunities for teacher training including coaching, credentialing, and professional development. Teacher qualifications positively impact achievement of their students.3
1. 1. Flavio Cunha, James J. Heckman, Lance Lochner & Dimitriy V. Masterov, “Interpreting the Evidence on Life Cycle Skill Formation,” Handbook of the Economics of Education 1(2006). https://jenni.uchicago.edu/papers/Cunha_Heckman_etal_2006_HEE_v1_ch12.pdf
2. Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2021). Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, 2021 Update. http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu
3. Barnett, William. (2003). Better Teachers, Better Preschools: Student Achievement Linked to Teacher Qualifications. NIEER Preschool Policy Matters, Issue 2. 2.