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9/15/2017

One-day labs to help districts complete local equity plans

Beginning Oct. 3, the Ohio Department of Education will be offering one-day equity labs at six locations across the state to assist local education agencies with their annual equity planning process. 


8/2/2017

Ohio Resident Educator Program and summative assessment re-structured

As a result of feedback from educators throughout Ohio as well as an advisory group, the Department is restructuring the Ohio Resident Educator Program for this school year, including the program’s summative assessment. Beginning teachers with resident educator licenses take the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) in year three of the four-year program. These teachers become eligible for a professional teaching license once they pass RESA and complete four years of the program, including focused mentoring components and any local requirements. 


6/19/2017

June 2017 - Early Learning Newsletter - Birth to Grade 3

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


6/15/2017

Spring 2017 Early Learning Technical Assistance Presentation

Here are the presentations from the Spring 2017 Early Learning Regional Technical Assistance Meetings: 


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 


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