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 early care and education 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 registrations must be completed and submitted using the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). Rated programs would complete an ongoing registration in OCLQS to request a renewal or increase to their rating and unrated programs are able to register for an initial rating. OCLQS can be accessed by clicking the link on the left.

To learn more about SUTQ, please review the resource documents below

"Step Up To Quality Ratings Progressions Charts" provide a quick reference chart which show the SUTQ program standards for each level of a star-rated program. The reference chart is available for child care centers, preschool programs (centers link below) and family child care homes.

SUTQ Ratings Progressions for Centers

SUTQ Ratings Progressions for Family Child Care

Star Rating Requirement Summaries

The SUTQ Star Rating Requirement Summary can help a program determine whether they meet the requirements for a desired star-rating. Programs can work with local child care resource and referral agencies to obtain training and assistance needed to meet the standards for their star-rating.

One-Star Requirement Summary

Two-Star Requirement Summary

Three-Star Requirement Summary

Four-and-Five-Star Requirement Summary