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 Three Star rated program means that your child is in a program with:

    Three Star Programs

    • The program demonstrates
    commitment to quality by hiring
    teachers with higher education
    qualifications than 2-Star programs.

    • Administrators and teachers
    are committed to increasing
    professional knowledge and skills
    by receiving 20 hours of specialized
    training every two years.

    • Staff conducts self-assessments and
    uses the results to identify strengths
    and develop action plans to improve
    classroom practice.

    • The program expands the continuous
    improvement process by developing
    an action plan with goals for overall
    program development.

    • Children’s individual needs are met
    and child progress is monitored and
    shared regularly with families.

    • Families and staff work together
    to develop goals for children.