Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) 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.  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.  ODJFS and ODE have created a Guidance Document that promotes understanding of the verification process for each program standard.  Sample forms to assist programs in completing the verification documents are also available.

Step Up To Quality Resources



Last Modified: 4/12/2016 8:17:50 AM