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5/31/2017

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 


5/17/2017

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Updates

Key Dates - Fall 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

June-Oct.

State Support Team (SST) and District KRA Trainers provide KRA Teacher Training to new kindergarten teachers

Jul. 7

Deadline to update Assessment Data Manager – Preschool and Kindergarten role in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS)

Jul. 7-Jul. 16

The Kready online system (http://ohio.kready.org) will be unavailable for server and system maintenance

Aug. 1

Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system opens for KRA and Kindergarten Field Test 2017 administration

 
  • KRA Training for Kindergarten Teachers begins in May
  • ​KRA Administration Materials 


3/28/2017

Register Now! Early Childhood Mental Health “Skills to Action” Conference – April 19-20th

The OhioMHAS Bureau of Children and Families will host its inaugural Early Childhood Mental Health “Skills to Action” Conference April 19-20, at the Columbus Airport Marriott.


3/21/2017

March 2017 Newsletter

Click here for the March edition of the Early Learning Program Updateswhich provides important Early Childhood Education news and information for administrators, teachers, families and community members.


2/28/2017

Clarifying and Revising Guidance for ODE-Licensed Providers

On February 10, 2017, you received a memorandum that contained inaccurate information about Ohio’s plans to no longer allow families to cite reasons of conscience for declining immunizations. The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify how the Ohio Department of Education, in close coordination with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, will address reasons of conscience over the coming months


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