(April 7, 2008)—4C
for Children made a recent stop at the Miami University Child Development
Center in Oxford, operated by Mini University, Inc., to recognize
its child care program and ongoing commitment to children. The program
received a Two-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department
of Job and Family Services – Bureau of Child Care and Development,
and is the first center in Butler County to earn stars in this program.
a significant achievement for a center to be awarded on this level
as it requires meeting and maintaining high quality standards in
multiple areas,” said Kim Ginn, Step Up To Quality coordinator
at 4C, this area’s leading child care coordinating agency.
“4C is here to help administrators and teachers complete the
professional development registry and evidence portfolio needed
to demonstrate they meet these high benchmarks.”
A Step Up To
Quality star rating means a center has gone above and beyond Ohio’s
licensing standards. This includes lower child-to-staff ratios,
more highly qualified teachers and greater attention to a child’s
developmental needs. 4C encourages all centers in its 33-county
service area to pursue a star rating—and then provides technical
assistance for meeting the various benchmarks required at each level.
hopes that all parents with children in early care and education
settings will ask their program administrators whether they’ve
achieved a star rating or are working toward one,” says Ginn.
emphasizes that many centers may not put in time and effort until
parents show their awareness of the ratings. “Every center
with a star-rating should proudly display the official award-winning
banner and poster to let families know of their significant achievement.”
check to see if their center has earned a star rating by visiting
www.stepuptoquality.org. Here, administrators and parents can also
access a listing of criteria and next steps to earn this award.
Ginn pointed out center owners and directors can also contact
4C for no-cost support in “reaching for the stars” by
calling 513-221-0033 for more information.
this area’s child care resource and referral agency, serves
a 33-county area in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Northern
Kentucky. Funding is provided in part by United Way, the City of
Cincinnati, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child
Care. Visit www.4CforChildren.org or call 513-221-0033 for more
Caption: Staff from Miami University Child Development
Center and 4C hold the banner recognizing the new Two-Star Step
Up To Quality rating. This is the first center in Butler County
to meet Ohio’s Step Up To Quality standards. From
left: Jennifer Smith, 4C early childhood specialist; Kellie
Kochensparger, Miami University Child Development Center director;
Chandra Ackley, Miami University Child Development Center education
coordinator; Kathleen Bryan, 4C professional development counselor.