State quality rating systems help licensed child care programs provide quality care for children and families. When you are rated in a state quality rating system, this means you have gone the extra mile to make sure the children in your care receive enhanced learning and care experiences that form a solid educational foundation.
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a tiered quality-rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs. Participating programs earn a one-, two-, three-, four- or five-star rating by meeting Ohio’s quality program standards. 4C for Children is the leading agency in Southwest Ohio and Miami Valley that provides supports to early childhood professionals and SUTQ. If you want to earn your first star or increase your current star rating, we can help! Star-rated programs that provide publicly funded child care receive additional funding based on their ratings. This additional funding is a percentage of their base pay rate for publicly funded child care services. Check out this tool from ODJFS, designed to help programs estimate the weekly and annual payments they could potentially receive for each star rating they achieve.