What Is Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)?

What Is Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)? – When looking for childcare for your little ones, Ohio uses a system called Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) to recognize and promote early learning programs! Learn more about Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) and its star rating system right here on Newsymom!

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If you’ve ever searched for childcare in the state of Ohio, you may have noticed childcare centers with a banner promoting their star rating from Step Up To Quality (SUTQ). What does that star rating mean when it comes to caring for your kids? How many stars is best? Does a low star rating mean it’s a bad program?

What is Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)?

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system that recognizes and promotes early learning and development programs that exceed minimum health and safety licensing regulations. Any child care program wishing to provide publicly funded child care must be a star-rated program or meet an exemption.

This system is administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). In short, if a childcare provider wishes to be granted state funding, they have to maintain a 3, 4, or 5-star rating!

What Are the Requirements for Step Up To Quality?

Need a little help finding which rating would work for you and what their requirements are? Follow this brochure!

If you’re a provider, or thinking of becoming one, you can also review the Step Up To Quality Four and Five-Star Summary by clicking the link.

How Can I Find a Childcare Provider?

You can find a childcare provider through our friends at COAD4Kids – New Philadelphia by calling (330) 364-8882 or checking their Find Child Care page. You can also view resources for:

  • Financial assistance for childcare
  • Choosing childcare
  • Types of childcare
  • And more info about SUTQ!

Become A Provider, Make Some Money!

COAD4Kids – New Philadelphia can also help you make the switch to being your own boss as a childcare provider. The days of the 9-5pm are over, and you could be making money while being a stay at home parent, watching your littles play with the kids you care for!

COAD4KidsNew Philadelphia can help you become a provider and guide you through the steps to a new career path in childhood development! They also offer amazing programs, such as this Parenting Education Course designed to help you become a better parent (and score you $30 for gas or groceries).

Keep following along at COAD4KidsNew Philadelphia on Facebook for the latest on finding child care or becoming a provider!

Melissa Klatt


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