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Growing Years Nursery is committed to providing quality care for your child and participates in Ohio's Step Up to Quality program.



                                             





                                                     About Step Up To Quality


Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s Star Rating system for licensed early childhood programs. Step Up To Quality makes it easy to find a great child care and early learning program for your child. Step Up To Quality is a voluntary rating system for Ohio's early care and education centers.  Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also provides a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs. These benchmarks include low child-to-staff ratios, group size, accreditation, staff education, specialized training, improved workplace characteristics and early learning standards.

Step Up To Quality was created by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services - Bureau of Child Care and Development to improve the quality of child care in Ohio. Child care programs throughout Ohio are eligible and encouraged to participate.

What Makes Star Rated Programs Special?
• Highly trained teachers
• Fewer children per classroom
• Early education programming
• Commitment to continuous improvement

Step Up Measures Up
Parents are choosing Step Up To Quality because they want the best for their children. Research from The Ohio State University confirms that as programs add stars, the benefits to children add up. They display more confidence, a curiosity about the world around them and are ready to learn. These are skills important for success in school and in life.

Step Up To Quality Teachers Are Highly Trained
Just like other professions, teachers in Star Rated programs are required to keep up to date on the latest knowledge, research and techniques to support your child’s development and learning.

These dedicated teachers:
• Complete 10 hours of specialized training each year
• Are prepared to meet your child’s unique needs
• Plan learning activities using Ohio’s Infant & Toddler Guidelines and Early Learning Content Standards