Knox County Career Center Preschool Awarded Step Up to Quality Five-Star Rating



The Knox County Career Center Preschool has been awarded the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) five-star rating for the seventh straight year from the Ohio Department of Education.
SUTQ is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school-age child care licensing health and safety regulations. SUTQ program standards are based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.
All Early Childhood (ECE) and Preschool Special Education (PSE) programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are mandated to participate in SUTQ and are required to achieve a rating of 3, 4, or 5 to maintain state funding, as well as administer and report on the Early Learning Assessment for all ECE and PSE funded children.
Jeremi Jarosz, KCCC Preschool Director, said, “I am very grateful to an administration team who has supported the preschool and my staff in maintaining our five-star rating. There are many requirements that go into maintaining the highest level. Including education of staff, smaller teacher to student ratios, ongoing education, utilizing specific curriculum, and completing the Early Learning Assessment.”
Jarosz added, “Every year we have to submit required documentation. This year, we had a desk review for our funding. Without the support of my staff, the administration, and parents, this wouldn’t be possible. I am very grateful that families give us the opportunity to teach their children and to be a beneficial part of the Knox County Career Center.”
Knox County Career Center Preschool has submitted all the required paperwork and follows all guidelines in order to maintain the 5-star rating. In order to achieve a 5-star rating, facilities need to obtain between 55 and 79 points. Our 5-star rating is valid until 12/5/2023.
Information courtesy of the Knox County Career Center