Congratulations!! Your child is enrolled, or you may be considering enrolling your child, in a learning and development program whose level of quality exceeds Ohio’s child care licensing standards. High quality learning and development program settings are important because early experiences last a lifetime. Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life. A Step Up To Quality Four-Star rated program means that your child is in a program where:

 • The administrator, lead teachers and assistant teachers complete 30 hours of specialized training every two years. The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills to better support your child’s development and learning.

 • Teachers are familiar with Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Your child’s program is aware that there are standards that explain child development and this information assists teachers in supporting your child’s growth and learning.

• The program focuses on building relationships with families. The program builds relationships with families and makes information available about community services and resources that support all family structures.

 • The program is committed to continuous improvement. Your child’s program focuses on the continuous improvement process, and looks for ways to make their good program even better. By conducting self-assessments, the program is working to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

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