It’s not a choice anymore…
PROGRAM TYPE BEGIN
PARTICIPATION
ALL PROGRAMS
RATED
Early Childhood
Education (State PK)
October 2013 July 2015
Register for Information Sessions on
the new Step Up To Quality Program
Standards www.earlychildhood.org.
Submit initial a...
Curriculum
and Planning
•Find appropriate
curriculum.
•House curriculum in
each classroom.
•Written plan of
activities.
Ch...
Staff Supports
•Written wage
structure.
Program
Administration
•Completes annual
program self-
assessment.
Staff
Managemen...
Staff
Education
•Admin has CDA or CPL
2.
•50% lead teachers have a
CDA (or at least two lead
teachers) or one has
associat...
Transitions
•Provide written information
to families on transitioning
children into, within and
out of the program.
Commun...
 I strongly encourage you to view the following
on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urU-
a_FsS5Y&feature=youtu.be
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HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE ARE A HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOL, OR NOT?

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  • With the passage of HB 487 and SB 316, early childhood programs funded by Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will be required to participate in SUTQ. This includes Early Childhood Education, Preschool Special Education, and subsidized child care. Other programs will be able to voluntarily participate. The goal is to provide a single definition of quality, inclusive of all program types, that is measureable, easy to understand, and provides flexibility on how programs achieve the highest levels of quality. The proposed standards will be the basis of Ohio's monitoring and continuous improvement system which will be used by both ODE and ODJFS.
  • ODE and ODJFS will provide a variety of resources to help programs achieve and maintain high star ratings. • The state will create a guidance document detailing best practices, defining objectives and providing clear guidelines. • ODE, ODJFS and their affiliated State Support Teams (SST) and Child Care Resource and Referral Organizations (CCR&R) will offer numerous and ongoing professional development opportunities. • Staff working at star-rated programs and those working on becoming rated will be eligible to receive T.E.A.C.H. scholarships. • The state will offer technical assistance to programs that do not yet meet the new standards. • The Ohio Department of Health’s health promotion consultants and the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s early childhood mental health consultants, as well as SSTs and CCR&Rs, will assist programs with specific areas of concern.
  • You are invited to register to attend an information session on Ohio's revised Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Tiered Quality Rating & Improvement System (TQRIS). The session,Overview of Step Up To Quality Program Standards, will introduce programs to the newly revised SUTQ Program Standards, TQRIS model, and the timeline for implementation. The session will be presented jointly by representatives from your regional Ohio Department of Education (ODE) State Support Team and your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.
  • STEP UP TO QUALITY STAR RATING SYSTEM

    1. 1. It’s not a choice anymore…
    2. 2. PROGRAM TYPE BEGIN PARTICIPATION ALL PROGRAMS RATED Early Childhood Education (State PK) October 2013 July 2015
    3. 3. Register for Information Sessions on the new Step Up To Quality Program Standards www.earlychildhood.org. Submit initial application for the 3- Star system by 7-31-13.
    4. 4. Curriculum and Planning •Find appropriate curriculum. •House curriculum in each classroom. •Written plan of activities. Child Screening and Assessment •Identify appropriate screening tool. •Train staff to use it. Classroom Environment •Define a quality classroom environment. •Select self-assessment tool.
    5. 5. Staff Supports •Written wage structure. Program Administration •Completes annual program self- assessment. Staff Management •Administrators, lead teachers and assistant teachers have annual professional development plans.
    6. 6. Staff Education •Admin has CDA or CPL 2. •50% lead teachers have a CDA (or at least two lead teachers) or one has associate’s degree or CPL 3. Professional Development •Admin, lead teachers and assistant teachers receive minimum 20 clock hours training every two years.
    7. 7. Transitions •Provide written information to families on transitioning children into, within and out of the program. Communication and Engagement •Obtain information about family structure and routines that are important to the child’s development. •Provides information regarding resources and community services to families.
    8. 8.  I strongly encourage you to view the following on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urU- a_FsS5Y&feature=youtu.be

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