Ohio’s Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary, 5-level quality rating system for early childhood programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It recognizes five progressively higher levels of program quality building on the foundation of Ohio’s health and safety licensing requirements and provides supports and awards to assist programs to achieve and maintain a quality rating. SUTQ uses research-based benchmarks, including administrative practices geared to retaining highly qualified staff, to determine the Quality Achievement Awards. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are used by child care programs to benchmark the quality of administrative practices and to support ongoing program improvement efforts.
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The Ohio Administrator Credential (ACL) includes three levels designed to allow flexibility as well as a growth potential for early childhood leaders. The Aim4Excellence National Director Credential can be used to meet the requirements of Option 2 of the ACL. For additional information, contact the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral at 877.547.6978.
Bright Horizons directors may use their tuition reimbursement benefit toward the cost of the Aim4Excellence national director credential. Both the noncredit and for credit options are eligible for reimbursement. For additional information see the flyer on Bright Web: https://mybrightweb.brighthorizons.com
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through National Louis University. The approved courses (5 quarter hours per course) are ECE311: Administration I – Leadership Strategies and Staff Development (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), ECE312: Administration II – Managing Center Operations and Finances (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and ECE313: Administration III – Implementing and Evaluating the Program (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Students pay an additional $360 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through the University of Southern Indiana. The approved courses (3 semester hours per course) are EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and EDUC 490: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Courses are offered at USI’s standard tuition rate. Eligible Indiana participants may apply for scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA to assist with the costs. Interested participants should contact Jennifer Mohr at email@example.com.
Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for graduate level credit through the University of North Dakota. The approved courses (4 semester hours per course) are T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education I (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education II (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education III (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). In addition to completing the modules, students are required to engage in an online discussion. Interested participants should contact Jo-Anne Yearwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701.777.3947 to get started.