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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 Step Up To Quality 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!  

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Use the Ohio Child Care Finder tool to search for quality early learning for your child. You can customize your search based on distance from your home or work, provider type or by current Step Up to Quality Star rating and more.

Action For Children can also help with finding the right child care for your family. You can talk to one of their Information and Referral Specialists over the phone, email or LIVE chat. Learn more at  

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 Click here to browse Star-rated providers.

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
  • Provides a firm foundation for children, now and into the future
  • has staff can help their children develop verbal and social Skills and prepare them for school
  • gives all staff the opportunity to thrive
Are you ready to Step Up To Quality? 
Franklin County is offering FREE training to help providers become or stay Star rated. Take your first step by signing the Franklin County Provider Pledge!  

Create your own user feedback survey

Click here to view frequently asked questions and learn more about what Franklin County is doing to help providers meet the 2020 Step Up To Quality deadline.

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 also provides support and assistance in obtaining a Star rating. Click here to learn more.