ODJFS Offering Incentives to Publicly Funded Child Care Providers

Written by on January 30, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is offering $3 million in incentives to help current publicly funded child care providers become rated or improve their rating in Step Up To Quality, Ohio’s quality rating system for child care providers.


Unrated programs that submit a Step Up To Quality registration between now and February 29 – as well as one- and two-star programs that submit a registration during that time and improve their ratings to achieve three, four, or five stars – will be eligible for the one-time incentive payment upon approval of the rating.


Qualifying child care centers will earn $4,000, and family child care providers will earn $2,000.


By July 1, 2020, all Ohio licensed child care programs that receive state funding must participate in Step Up To Quality.

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