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ELC & Step Up to Quality

About the ELC | Location & Hours | Staff & Curriculum | Healthy Meals | Step Up to Quality

The ELC is rated three stars out of a possible five stars by the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality program. This means that the ELC provides early education that is above and beyond the requirements of licensing for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, including:

  • lower teacher-to-child ratios,
  • higher teacher education levels;
  • a focus on professional development,
  • effective administration practices, and
  • strong implementation of an evidence-based curriculum.

Preparations are underway for application to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an organization dedicated to improving the well-being of young children, with a focus on quality educational and developmental services. Since 1985, NAEYC's national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high-quality programs for their young children. Visit the NAEYC website.

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Teresa Sanders
Vice President of Programs and Operations,


“It’s easier to go back to work when you feel good about the care that your child is receiving.”
- ELC parent


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