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Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.

For more information regarding SUTQ including helpful documents and resources, please visit the Early Childhood Ohio website at www.earlychildhoodohio.org  

Information for Providers 

Request for Review
Program Standards and Requirements
Serious and Moderate Risk Non-Compliances
Step Up To Quality: A Guide for Child Care Providers
Overview of SUTQ Program Standards for Family Child Care Webinar

Licensing and SUTQ Specialists 

Rated programs are able to register for a renewal or an increase to their rating and unrated programs are able to register for an initial rating. All SUTQ registrations must be completed and submitted using the the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). OCLQS can be accessed by clicking the button below.
 
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Information for Families



 

Individuals seeking to be approved trainers and training approvals must be recognized as Ohio Approved. Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) coordinates the Ohio Approval process for professional development offerings and instructors. Visit your registry profile to apply. Questions pertaining to the approval process should contact approval@occrra.org

The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is the formative assessment component of Ohio's comprehensive early childhood assessment system called Ready For Kindergarten. For information regarding the ELA, please visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Guidance-About-Kindergarten/Early-Learning-Assessment. The information includes implementation timelines, required and optional users, professional development requirements, technology updates and family resources.