Ohio JFS encourages parents to choose ‘Step Up To Quality’ childcare programs

(Ohio) – As we prepare for another school year, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is reminding parents and caregivers that more and more childcare providers in the state with a star rating is continuing to climb.

The ‘Step Up To Quality’ (SUTQ) program recognizes child care programs that go above the minimum requirements to promote a child’s learning and development. There are many providers across the state that have stepped up to provide better care for children.

By July 1st, 2020, it will be a state requirement for childcare programs receiving state funding to participate in SUTQ. More than 3,600 across Ohio currently have at least one start rating on the five-star scale.

ODJFS initiatives to help providers get rated include:

  • Funding incentive payments
  • Reducing application fees
  • Dedicating ODJFS staff to meet with and guide providers through the process
  • Offering curricula and assessments
  • Paying wage and retention bonuses for provider staff members
  • Hosting workshops
  • Offering mentorship programs

To search for childcare providers by county, city, zip, program type, and SUTQ ratings, visit childcaresearch.ohio.gov.

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