Section 5104.29 | Step up to quality program.
(A) As used in this section, "early learning and development program" has the same meaning as "licensed child care program" as defined in section 5104.01 of the Revised Code.
(B) There is hereby created in the department of job and family services the step up to quality program, under which the department of job and family services, in cooperation with the department of education, shall develop a tiered quality rating and improvement system for all early learning and development programs in this state. The step up to quality program shall include all of the following components:
(1) Quality program standards for early learning and development programs;
(2) Accountability measures that include tiered ratings representing each program's level of quality;
(3) Program and provider outreach and support to help programs meet higher standards and promote participation in the step up to quality program;
(4) Financial incentives for early learning and development programs that provide publicly funded child care and are linked to achieving and maintaining quality standards;
(5) Parent and consumer education to help parents learn about program quality and ratings so they can make informed choices on behalf of their children.
(C) The step up to quality program shall have the following goals:
(1) Increasing the number of low-income children, special needs children, and children with limited English proficiency participating in quality early learning and development programs;
(2) Providing families with an easy-to-use tool for evaluating the quality of early learning and development programs;
(3) Recognizing and supporting early learning and development programs that achieve higher levels of quality;
(4) Providing incentives and supports to help early learning and development programs implement continuous quality improvement systems.
(D) Under the step up to quality program, participating early learning and development programs may be eligible for grants, technical assistance, training, and other assistance. Programs that maintain a quality rating may be eligible for unrestricted monetary awards.
(E) The tiered ratings developed pursuant to this section shall be based on an early learning and development program's performance in meeting program standards in the following four domains:
(1) Learning and development;
(2) Administration and leadership practices;
(3) Staff quality and professional development;
(4) Family and community partnerships.
(F) The director of job and family services, in collaboration with the superintendent of public instruction, shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to implement the step up to quality program described in this section..
Last updated December 20, 2021 at 8:15 AM
Available Versions of this Section
- September 29, 2015 – House Bill 64 - 131st General Assembly [ View September 29, 2015 Version ]
- October 17, 2019 – Amended by House Bill 166 - 133rd General Assembly [ View October 17, 2019 Version ]
- September 30, 2021 – Amended by House Bill 110 - 134th General Assembly [ View September 30, 2021 Version ]