Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) & Licensing

What is Step Up To Quality?

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.

All Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Preschool Special Education (PSE) programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are mandated to participate in Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) and are required to achieve a rating of 3, 4, or 5 to maintain state funding. The invitation to participate in SUTQ has now been made to all eligible publicly funded programs in Ohio.

  • In addition to ECE and PSE programs, ODE licensed programs that receive Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) funds from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will be required to participate in SUTQ by July 1, 2020.

  • Information on Step Up To Quality is available through the Ohio Department of Education website.

  • Step Up To Quality overview, program standards, and resources are available from the Early Childhood Ohio website.

  • The Ohio Department of Education additionally provides updates online.

Step Up To Quality Modules

Step Up To Quality Modules Available

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) online training modules, Ohio’s Approach to Quality and Ohio’s Overview to Child Development are available on the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR).

To access these courses, create a Profile in the OPR. Login to the OPR through the OCCRRA website and click “Create Profile.” Once a profile has been created, click on “Find Training” to access the courses. Click on the module title in the announcement box at the top of the page to register for each module. After registering, check out by clicking the shopping cart on the top right of the screen. Return to the profile, go to “My Scheduled Trainings,” click on the training title, and access the training.

Step Up To Quality Updates

Important Changes to SUTQ Professional Development Requirements

Effective June 26, 2016, changes for Step Up To Quality professional development were announced. These included changes to the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) and PD Certification Period, new Professional Development (PD) hours and courses, and Ohio Approved Training.




 

Ohio Child Licensing & Quality System (OCLQS)

 

Preschool and school-age child care licensing and Step Up To Quality functions will be done in the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). The web-based portal will enable users to access the licensing and Step Up to Quality systems for Ohio’s Early Learning and Development programs. The Ohio Department of Education and Department of Jobs and Family Services will roll out this new system in January. Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System website

Contact Information

 
Teresa Brown
Consultant
Cell: 440-759-8559
 

SUTQ News

Professional Development (PD) requirements for programs participating in Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) can be found at the following links: