Your child is enrolled or you may be considering enrolling your child in an early care and education program whose level of quality exceeds Ohio’s child care licensing standards.

High quality early care and education settings are important because early experiences last a lifetime. Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for their school and life success.

A Step Up To Quality Four or Five Star rated program means that your child is in a program with:

    Four or Five Star Programs

    Achieving a 4- or 5-Star Rating means
    that a program has demonstrated a level
    of quality that meets all the requirements
    of a 3-Star Rating and is eligible to gain
    the additional points needed to achieve
    a higher Star Rating.

    Programs have the flexibility to earn
    points in the areas that best support
    their values, goals and structure. Here
    are some examples of increased quality
    at the 4- and 5-Star level:

    • Administrators and teachers hold
    higher education qualifications than
    3-Star programs.

    • Administrators and teachers
    demonstrate the value of ongoing
    professional development by
    completing more than the required
    20 hours of specialized training
    every two years.

    • The needs, interests and abilities of
    children are the basis for developing
    experiences and activities.

    • Teachers use child assessment results
    to plan activities and make changes
    to their classroom to best support
    learning and development goals for
    each child.

    • Program has an active and organized
    parent volunteer group.

    • Families and community partners’
    input is used to inform the program’s
    continuous improvement process.

    • Programs work collaboratively with
    families to share assessment results,
    create goals for children and develop
    plans to support children as they
    transition to a new classroom or
    educational setting.

    • Programs work with other organizations
    or businesses within the community to
    support children and their families.

    • Lower Teacher/Child Ratios.

    • Program is accredited by an
    approved organization.