NEW! — As child care centers and home-based family child care providers reopen, we have compiled an array of COVID-19 resources for providers to support high-quality early learning in safe, healthy environments.
By 2025, all child care providers must be 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.
August 2021 Training Information
• 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.*
Once you're registered for the course, please email Terrie Lavene at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Opens on Saturday, August 7, 2021
*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.
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.
to learn more about PFCC.
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