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NEW! — Franklin County RISE

Franklin County has partnered with the City of Columbus and Action for Children to launch Franklin County RISE. This is a $22 million investment in our early learning system, making high-quality child care more accessible and more affordable for families – and supporting educators and child care programs.

Learn more about Franklin County RISE here.

Star-Rated Child Care

StepUp_Tagline_5stars.pngFranklin County is here to help child care providers become highly-rated (3-5 stars) by Ohio's Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system in order to take part in Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC).


Why is a Star-rating Important? 

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. By being Star-rated, your center offers a safe, caring and nurturing environment to help their children learn and grow.

Click HERE to learn more about SUTQ and the resources available to you.

Free Online Training

Franklin County continues to offer FREE monthly online trainings to help providers achieve or improve their star-rating. The training includes 32 hours of Ohio Approved professional development that will help build your Step Up To Quality registration packet.

November 2022 Training Information

Online Training

• 32 hours of self-guided training
24/7 online access to the course
Virtual office hours (phone or Zoom) for technical assistance will be available by appointment on Saturdays.*

Technical Assistance

Once you're registered for the course, please email Terrie Lavene at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Course Access 

Opens on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
*Technical assistance appointments may be scheduled for alternative times/days on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Terrie Lavene for more information upon registration.

Take your first step today! Get started in the Step Up To Quality registration process by calling 614-233-2787 or by registering online.

Register Now!


Why is Choosing a Star-rated Provider Important? 

Selecting a Step Up To Quality Star-rated provider is important because it's a sign that the 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.

Action For Children offers an interactive map that shows all licensed child care programs currently open and enrolling children in Central Ohio. The map allows you to search for child care based off of county, provider type, ages served, SUTQ rating and more.

To learn more about Star-rated child care and high quality early learning, visit our parents and caretakers page.

Need Help Paying for Child Care?
Some families may be eligible to receive help paying for child care through the Franklin County Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program.

Click HERE to learn more about PFCC.