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June 4, 2021News » MyCom Out of School Time Advocacy Action Alert: Elimination of Step up to Quality Standards Will Negatively Impact Childcare and Out of School Time Providers in Ohio

What’s Happening?

The State Senate has proposed major changes to the Ohio’s Step Up To Quality system that would have devastating results for quality care and education. The Senate’s substitute version of the budget removes the mandate that providers in the system be rated three stars or higher in the Step Up to Quality incentive program by June 30, 2025. It also eliminates the requirement that a provider be rated in the program at all in order to offer publicly funded care.

Key Messages for Ohio Senators:

Please restore the Step Up to Quality and invest in the early education workforce.

Background:

The removal of these standards will significantly reduce the quality of the educational, social and emotional components programs provide youth at a time when they need it most.

Many childcare providers also administer OST programming and rely on the additional funding that comes with their Step Up to Quality designation to protect staffing levels and maintain quality operations. Removal of the standards will cause childcare centers across the state to lose vital funding, staffing and capacity to serve Ohio’s families.

Talking Points:

• In Cuyahoga County, 100% of providers received a rating.
• After a year of crisis, now is not the time to disinvest in quality and move backwards. Families/kids needs quality now more than ever.
• SUTQ is not paperwork. It’s the framework for the system that provides the supports/benefits providers need and receive to support early childhood development.

What’s the timeline?

It’s short! We need as many calls as possible to house and senate members by June 16, 2021.

To find your Ohio Senator: https://www.oanohio.org/contact-legislators then click “Contact your State Legislator”