Job & Family Services Early Learning and Development
Step Up To Quality – Ohio’s Child Care Quality Rating System
Information for Families


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.

The following information is for families. If you're looking for information about how child care programs can participate in SUTQ, please see the SUTQ Information for Providers.

SUTQ Brochure for Families
SUTQ General Information Brochure  

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The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is the formative assessment component of Ohio's comprehensive early childhood assessment system called Ready For Kindergarten. For information regarding the ELA, please visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Guidance-About-Kindergarten/Early-Learning-Assessment. The information includes implementation timelines, required and optional users, professional development requirements, technology updates and family resources.

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Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA)