A Step Up To Quality Two Star rated program means that your child is in a program with:
1. Lower staff:child ratios in infant, preschool and school age classrooms. This means the teachers have more time to support your child’s individual development and learning. This is important because 85% of brain development occurs by the time your child is 3 years old and the number of words your child knows when they enter kindergarten is the single most important predictor of school success.
2. The administrator and at least 50% of lead teachers have a credential and/or a degree in early childhood education. This means that the administrator and teacher(s) have the specialized knowledge to support your child’s development and learning. This is important because just like a doctor needs formal education, so do those working with young children. It’s no less important than for any other profession.
3. The administrator all lead teachers and assistant teachers complete 10 hours of specialized training annually. This means that the administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their education and skills to better support your child’s development and learning. This is important because every year there is new information being discovered and everyone working with young children needs to know about it.
4. Provides administrative supports and at least two benefits (such as insurance, paid leave, tuition reimbursement etc.). This means that the program is a place where employees are supported and treated professionally. This is important because good programs retain good teachers.
5. Teachers who conduct a developmental screening tool and utilize Ohio’s Infant Toddler Guidelines and/or Early Learning Content Standards in their planning. This means that your child’s program uses research based information when planning your child’s day. This is important because it means teachers are intentional in supporting your child’s development and learning.
Step Up To Quality Programs are only eligible for a Star Rating if they have not had any serious risk licensing non-compliances within the past 12 months. If this program were to have a serious risk non-compliance, their rating would be either suspended or removed based on the non-compliance.