Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)

Step Up To Quality is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.

All Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Preschool Special Education (PSE) programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are mandated to participate in Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) and are required to achieve a rating of 3, 4, or 5 to maintain state funding, as well as administer and report on the Early Learning Assessment for all ECE and PSE funded children. The invitation to participate in SUTQ has now been made to all eligible publically funded programs in Ohio.

In addition to ECE and PSE programs, ODE licensed programs that receive Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) funds from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will be required to participate in SUTQ by July 1, 2020.

A variety of supports are available to assist with the completion the SUTQ process.  All SUTQ registrations must be completed and submitted using the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS).  OCLQS can be accessed from Early Childhood Ohio.  

The New Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System is coming!

Soon, ALL preschool and school-age child care licensing and Step Up To Quality functions will be done in the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System. The Departments of Education and Job and Family Services will roll out this new system in January 2017.

After OCLQS is live, you will be able to use it for a variety of tasks, including the following:

  • Applying for a license;
  • Requesting change of capacity or location;
  • Sending Corrective Action Plans;
  • Registering for Step Up To Quality;
  • Submitting Step Up To Quality annual reports;
  • Reviewing SUTQ and licensing inspection reports;
  • Uploading documentation

Learn more at OCLQS Rollout Announcement.

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Last Modified: 1/17/2017 3:06:31 PM