Preschool Licensing News

Ohio Department of Education Topic News


Early Childhood Budget Revisions Due May 1

Programs should be reminded that all budget revisions are due by May 1. A budget revision is necessary if any cost to a given category increases or decreases by 10 percent or more after the budget has been approved. 


Apply now - Social Emotional Learning Innovation Awards 2018!

Education First is proud to once again seek applications for teacher-led projects that foster social and emotional learning (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12 through the NoVo Foundation Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund.


Register Now! 2nd Early Childhood Mental Health Conference- April 23-25th

The 2nd Early Childhood Mental Health Conference will be held April 23-25 at the Hilton-Polaris. 


Step Up To Quality Guidance

StepUp_Tagline_5stars.pngStep Up To Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio's quality rating system for child care programs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) use a comprehensive, one- to five-star rating system to assess ODJFS- and ODE-licensed early childhood programs that choose to exceed minimum health and safety standards. Starting in 2020, all child care programs that receive state funding will be required to participate in Step Up To Quality. Ratings are posted online, and parents can use them to choose the program that is best for their child. 

Highly rated programs require continuing education for teachers and staff, use child assessments to guide learning and development, and take additonal steps to help prepare children for kindergarten. In return, they receive additional funding and free marketing materials to help spread the news about their SUTQ rating and attract new customers.

This guide is designed for child care providers working to achieve star ratings. This includes: 

  • Child care programs registering for SUTQ for the first time
  • Child care programs that already have at least one SUTQ star
  • County agencies