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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