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Step Up To Quality - Ohio's Voluntary Quality Rating System


The Ohio Departments of Education and Job and Family Services are pleased to inform you that on October 1, 2013 Ohio begins the implementation of the revised 5-Star Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Step Up To Quality is Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs. Step Up To Quality recognizes learning and development programs that exceed licensing health and safety standards. Supports and incentives are available to assist programs in achieving and maintaining a Star Rating.

The Step Up To Quality program standards have been expanded from three to five levels and have been revised to include family and community engagement and health promotion standards. For more information regarding the new Step Up To Quality system and Early Learning Challenge Grant, please visit the Early Childhood Ohio website at

To search for star rated program in your community, click on the “Search for Child Care and View Inspections Reports” below. 

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 As of October 25, 2013, rated programs can register for an increase to their rating and unrated programs can register for an initial rating in the new 5-Star Step Up To Quality system. All registrations must be completed and submitted using the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS).

 The button below is a direct link to the system.