(A) A program licensed by the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) may register to participate in step up to quality (SUTQ), a tiered quality rating and improvement system.
(B) The following programs are not eligible to register to become star rated:
(1) Child day camps as defined in Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.
(2) Certified in-home aides as defined in Chapter 5101:2-14 of the Administrative Code.
(3) Licensed programs who operate a summer only program as determined by ODJFS.
(4) Licensed programs who only operate during non-traditional hours as determined by ODJFS.
(5) Licensed programs within the first six months of their provisional license period.
(6) Border state child care providers serving children receiving publicly funded child care.
(C) A licensed program shall be eligible for a star rating during the provisional license period if the new program meets the requirements pursuant to paragraph (I) of rule 5101:2-17-03 of the Administrative Code.
(D) In order for a program to be considered for a star rating the child care program shall:
(1) Register online at https://oclqs.ohio.gov [File Link Not Available].
(2) Meet the program standards for the star rating registered for as listed in appendix A to rule 5101:2-17-01 of the Administrative Code for ODJFS licensed child care centers and appendix B for ODJFS licensed family child care homes.
(4) Electronically submit the registration in preparation for the desk review and participation with the verification visit.
(5) Be issued a regular license after the provisional licensing period has ended.
(6) Not have received a letter of intent to revoke a license from ODJFS within the forty-eight months prior to registration.
(7) Not have received a six point serious risk non-compliance or an accumulation of twelve points as shown in appendix A to this rule for licensed child care centers, in appendix B to this rule for licensed type A home providers, and appendix C to this rule for licensed type B home providers within the previous twelve months prior to the registration date and between the registration date and the awarding of the star rating. If a licensing inspection has not occurred within twelve months, the most recent licensing inspection will be considered.
(E) If a program does not qualify for a star rating, it shall wait six months from the notification of the inability to be awarded a star rating to submit a new registration.
(F) If a program's star rating is discontinued, it shall wait six months from the date the star rating was discontinued to submit a new registration for a star rating.
(G) If a program's star rating cannot be renewed, it shall wait six months from the date of expiration to submit a new registration for a star rating.