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

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.  Registrations are submitted using the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). OCLQS can be accessed by clicking the button below. 

For more information regarding the new Step Up To Quality system and Early Learning Challenge Grant, please visit the Early Childhood Ohio website at www.earlychildhoodohio.org

For more information, please click the following links below:

Information for Providers 
General Information
Policies and Procedures
Program Standards 
Specialized Training
Serious Risk Noncompliances
Who to Call 

All 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
General Information
Brochures
Fact Sheets
Search for Child Care and View Inspection Reports
 

The Early Learning Assessment is the formative assessment component of Ohio's comprehensive early childhood assessment system called Ready For Kindergarten.  For information regarding the Early Learning Assessment, 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.