|4C for Children - the pioneering leader, advocate and resource
for high-quality early education and care
in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Northern Kentucky.
About 'Step Up To Quality': Ohio's Quality-Rating System
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary rating system for early care and education centers in Ohio. Participating centers earn a one-, two- or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks that exceed licensing standards. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system, available to parents since 2004, also provides a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs. These benchmarks include low child-to-staff ratios, group size, accreditation, staff education, specialized training, improved workplace characteristics and early learning standards.
SUTQ was created by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services - Bureau of Child Care and Development to improve the quality of child care in Ohio. Child care programs throughout Ohio are eligible and encouraged to participate. You can find more information about Step Up To Quality and search for star-rated programs by visiting www.StepUpToQuality.org.
For a brochure that explains the significance of one- through three-star ratings
What Families Should Know
Step Up To Quality provides parents with a tool to help identify levels of quality when seeking a child care setting outside of their home. Child care programs participating in SUTQ demonstrate a commitment toward providing quality care and education. Parents can use the rating system to gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to quality care and education, and they can then choose a child care setting that best matches their family's needs.
Watch an interview with Sallie Westheimer, 4C executive director, in which she explains how families can use this tool to find quality.
Benefits of using a star-rated program in Ohio:
View listings of quality rated programs in Ohio.
View the 2009 Step Up To Quality annual report.
Interested in becoming a star-rated program or looking for coaching?