Early Learning Program Updates

Early Learning Program Updates

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May 2017 Articles

A new edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, posted here, provides important information for data managers, program & school leaders, test coordinators, and teachers. 

Thank you for all the work you do to support student learning in Ohio.


Step Up To Quality Guidance

Step 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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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 

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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program Earns Students a Free Book!

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program marks its twenty-first year celebrating the power of books to expand children’s horizons. Once again, they’re partnering with educators and parents to inspire readers in first through sixth grades to have a summer filled with reading adventures — and earn a FREE book!

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Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate, is offering FREE preschool vision screening training, certification and equipment for your group!

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate (PBO) is a recipient of funds from the Save Our Sight Fund to conduct preschool vision screening trainings, provide equipment to attendees and provide a national certification upon successful completion of the training.  
PBO would like to work with your school, agency, child care center or business to schedule a preschool vision screening training. We are targeting individuals who are health care and allied healthcare professionals, child care/day care providers, school nurses and public health professionals. 

If you would like to schedule a training for your group of 10 or more individuals, please contact Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate at: wendyk@pbohio.org or 614.464.2020 ext. 103.  We are looking forward to working with you so that you and your colleagues will have the skills and equipment necessary to help preserve and protect the vision of the children that you serve.  Trainings last approximately 6 hours and we are scheduling them after July 1, 2017. 

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Early Learning Webinar on Ohio’s Teacher Licensure!

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This webinar is ideal for early learning professionals, preschool directors and human resources personnel, higher education faculty, staff and anyone advising students or professionals on Ohio’s Teacher Licensure system. 

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