5101:2-17-03 "Step Up To Quality" (SUTQ): desk reviews and verification visits.

(A) A child care program that has submitted a completed registration for a star rating shall receive a desk review conducted by the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS).

(B) A child care program may qualify for a verification visit upon completion of the desk review.

(C) A child care program shall comply with the registration process, desk review, and any verification visit. The child care program shall meet the program standards for the star rating applied for as described in the appendices to rule 5101:2-17-01 of the Administrative Code.

(D) If the program meets the standards for a star rating and the requirements for maintaining a star rating, the star rating shall be awarded according to the following:

(1) One-star rated programs shall be rated for a period of one year.

(2) Two and three-star rated programs shall be rated for a period of two years.

(3) Four and five-star rated programs shall be rated for a period of three years.

(E) If the program does not meet the standards of the requested star rating at the desk review, the star rating may not be awarded or a lesser star rating may be assessed at the time of the verification visit. If a lesser star rating is assessed, the star rating shall be awarded according to the timeline listed in paragraph (D) of this rule.

(F) If a child care program cannot be awarded a star rating at either the conclusion of the desk review or the verification visit, the child care program shall wait six months from the notification of inability to be star rated before the program is able to complete and submit a new registration.

(G) If a child care program is awarded a star rating lesser than that for which was registered, the child care program shall wait six months from the rating date before the child care program is able to complete and submit a change star rating registration.

(H) If a child care program cannot meet the program standards for the star rating they registered for, a star rating deferral may be issued at the conclusion of a verification visit by ODJFS. A star rating deferral provides the child care program additional time to meet the program standards.

(1) A child care program shall be notified of the following:

(a) The program standard that was not met.

(b) The documentation that shall be submitted in order to meet the program standard.

(c) A date by which the documentation shall be submitted.

(2) If the child care program cannot meet the deferral requirements a star rating shall not be awarded. The child care program shall wait six months from the date of the notification of inability to be rated before the child care program is able to complete and submit a new registration.

(3) If the star rated program was awarded a lesser star rating as a result of not being able to meet the deferral requirements, they shall wait six months from the date of notification before the child care program is able to complete and submit a change star rating registration.

Effective: 10/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/01/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.30
Rule Amplifies: 5104.30