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Star-Rated Child Care

A Star Rating from the state of Ohio is a sign that a home child care provider or center meets the highest quality standards to care for your child.

Look for The Stars


A Star rating is important because it is a sign that a provider offers a safe, caring, nurturing environment for your child. It means the staff are qualified to help your child develop verbal and social skills to learn and grow -- not only for today, but also for their future!  

Click here to see which child care providers are already Star-rated.

All child care providers must have a Star rating from the State of Ohio by 2020 in order to take part in the Publicly Funded Child Care program. Find out more about a Step Up to Quality Star rating at

Some families may be eligible for help paying for child care through the Franklin County Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program. Click here to learn more.    

Child Care Providers:

Being Star-rated and staying Star-rated is a sign for parents that your home or center:

  • Is held to the highest quality standards when caring for their children
  • Offers safe, caring, and nurturing environment to help their children learn and grow
  • That your staff can help their children develop verbal and social Skills and prepare them for school
Visit for more information about the what it takes to become Star-rated or download the Step Up to Quality Guide for Child Care Providers.  

Action For Children can provide support and assistance in obtaining a Star rating. Click here to learn more.