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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.

Due to COVID-19 public health emergency, the State of Ohio has moved the Step Up To Quality deadline to Sept. 1, 2020.

As child care centers and home-based family child care providers begin re-opening, we have compiled an array of COVID-19 resources for providers to support high-quality early learning in safe, healthy environments.

Did you know that by September 2020, all child care providers StepUp_Tagline_5stars.pngmust be Star-rated 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 offers providers FREE monthly online trainings to help you become or stay Star-rated before the new deadline. The training includes 32 hours of Ohio Approved professional development that will help you build your Step Up To Quality registration packet.

July 2020 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 Tuesdays or Saturdays.*

Technical Assistance

Once you're registered for the course, please email Terrie Ragland at to schedule an appointment.

Course Access 

Opens on Monday, July 6, 2020
*Technical assistance appointments may be scheduled for alternative times/days on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Terrie Ragland 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.

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.

Click HERE to search for Star-rated child care and to learn more about high quality early learning.

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.


Stay connected with us!

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