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SUTQ Pre-Requisites Revised


The Bureau of Child Care Development (BCCD) will post updates to policies, licensing, CCIDS, Step Up To Quality and other pertainent information on this new page on a regular basis.  BCCD is creating this new page as a means to post new information in one place and direct users to the various areas of the website where updates are located and for further information.

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BCCD Updates

June 28, 2012 - SUTQ Pre-Requisite Update

SUTQ Pre-Requisites have been revised and will be posted on the Registry by July 1, 2012. The four academic areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts as well as the Bridging the Standards trainings will continue to be offered in their revised versions until training for the new Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards are developed and ready to be implemented.

    • Building Blocks will no longer be offered to providers after July 1, 2012. Building Blocks training taken before July 1, 2012 will be accepted by Step Up Licensing Specialist to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements.

June 8, 2012 - Fire Inspection

On September 29, 2011, Child Care Center and Type-A home licensing rules changed, requiring an annual fire inspection based on the date of the last fire inspection, rather than from date of the license renewal. On June 11, 2012, JFS’s automated systems will be modified to reflect the rule change and an email message will be sent 90 days prior to the expiration of the last fire inspection. Please use that email as a reminder to schedule and complete a new fire inspection. In the event the fire inspection expires, a second email will be sent to alert the provider to obtain a new fire inspection. During the transition to the new JFS automated systems, some providers may receive an email message, even if the fire inspection was submitted. If fire inspection documentation was recently submitted, please disregard the reminder messages.

May 23, 2012 - New Background Check Procedure

Effective June 4, 2012, a new procedure will be implemented for completing BCII and FBI background checks for child care center and type A home owners, administrators and type A home residents 18 years of age or older .  This will allow background check results to be sent electronically to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and a paper copy to be sent directly to the provider. Take the instructions to the WebCheck agency when being fingerprinted to ensure accurate processing. Click here for Printable Instructions.

April 30, 2012 -   Provider Quarterly Update

In order to keep providers informed, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Division of Child Care (DCC) will issue a quarterly update that outlines our goals and accomplishments and highlights the work planned for the future.  This document will serve as a useful communication tool for staying informed on the exciting changes to the early care and education field.   Click here for the Provider Updates

February 24, 2012 - Approved Agency for CPR Training
     BCCD has approved ProTrainings LLC CPR training for child care programs in Ohio
                               Click here for information on approved health organizations

 February 6, 2012 - Online Communicable Disease Course Option
The approved communicable disease training course is now available in an online format.
                             Click here for a list of approved options for First Aid/Communicable Disease/CPR/Child Abuse

February 2, 2012 - Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant
Click here for more information, including a Power Point Presentation on the Grant

January 1, 2012 - Ohio ECC Live
Ohio Electronic Child Care (Ohio ECC) system will be used by child care providers
                                  serving children in publicly funded child care.
                                  Click here for Ohio ECC

December 30, 2011 - Child Care First Aid/CPR/Child Abuse Training Update
First Aid/Communicable Disease/CPR/Child Abuse Training Chart has been updated.
                                  Click here for the updated chart.
                                  Keeping Children Safe: Child Abuse and Neglect Curriculum for Early Childhood
                                  Professionals is now available for trainers. 
                                  Train the trainer sessions are currently being offered.   
                                  Online approval for Child Abuse Training
                                  Click here for more information                                                            

December 30, 2011 - Child Care Forms Update
The child care forms page has been updated with prescribed and sample forms.  This page
                                  now includes a direct link to reference guides.
                                  Click here for the Child Care Forms page

December 30, 2011 - Step Up To Quality Updates
  The SUTQ Guidance Document and supporting materials have been updated and posted
                                  on the website.  You will find the updated materials on the following pages:
                                  Click here for the updated Guidance Document
                                  Click here for updated Evidence Portfolio Clarification documents
                                  Click here for updated Who To Call listings
                                  Click here for updated Benchmark Resources

November 18, 2011 - Orientation Curriculum for Child Care Staff 
                                 The orientation training has been revised effective 11/18/2011 in order to reflect recent 
                                 rule changes.  Staff members completing the training can now receive up to five hours
                                 of in-service training hours.  Please refer to the Administrator Instructions and Frequently
                                 Asked Questions. 
                                 Click here for the Orientation Curriculum page

November 10, 2011 - Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Rule update.  Rule 5101:2-12-01 has been revised.  
                                 The following documents have been updated:  SUTQ Guidance Document,
                                 Evidence Portfolio Tabs, Parent and Outreach Brochures, SUTQ Tiers have been 
                                 updated and posted on the child care website.
                                 Click here for Step Up To Quality updates

August 12, 2011 - Tax information for Small Business Owners including specific information 
                            for child care owners and self-employed providers has been added to the
                            Provider Resources section.  
                            Click here for Small Business Tax Information

August 11, 2011 - Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) meeting schedule has changed.  
                           Find current information on the Child Care Advisory Council page.

July 19, 2011 - Ohio Electronic Child Care (Ohio ECC)
                       Caretaker/Parent and Provider Information                           

July 7, 2011 -  Child Care Efficiency and Budget Update

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Ohio Child Care Assistance Title XX

Ohio Child Care Assistance Title XX
One of the biggest problems any single parent faces is child care. Today, more and more married couples find themselves dealing with this tough situation, especially if they are low income familes. Now there is help. It is called Ohio Child Care Assistance or Title XX.
At times the problems incurred by the difficulty in finding affordable home care, can cause a parent to want to give up on the idea of finding or getting a job.
But there are options and the very best of these in the state of Ohio can be found at the department of Job and Family Services.
Often, parents stop looking for work or decide not to continue with their education because of a lack of childcare options. In truth, there are very adequate options in the  state of Ohio, but many parents just don’t know where to go to find them.
As a single parent, even one who may work at home or goes to school, you should know that the state of Ohio can help with child care expenses.
However, options vary and are dependent on the income you make, whether you are considered low-income, and whether you are a single parent or not. So each individual case must be analyzed individually.
The best place to start is by calling the Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) in your community. The county family services employee can inform you of the programs you are eligible for, which can either pay child care services in totality or partially.
This department can also inform you of special school aged programs like after school programs, head start or other services which you are eligible for. If your child is not school aged, there are still options available including full coverage of a home provider (either a relative or non-relative.)
Of course, in most cases you can expect to pay for part of the expenses of child care. This is called a co-payment or fee, but the state of Ohio will also help you with part of this fee. The amount you are expected to pay will differ and be dependent on your income and whether you work or go to school.
In the case of students who are currently on Ohio Works, formally known as OWF, ADC or welfare, you could still be eligible for child care, but must be actively enrolled in a school program.  
Those parents who no longer receive OWF cash assistance, or who have never been on the program can still receive help through the child care program, if they meet the low income requirements.
However, you won’t know what amount you are eligible for, unless you visit your local Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to find out more about Ohio Child Care Assistance, also known as Title XX.

CPSC wants input on compliance for crib standard

We are currently conducting planned system maintenance that began at 8:00 AM on June 9, 2012 and should be complete by 8:00 AM on June 10, 2012.

We appreciate your patience as we work to keep the site operating at peak performance.

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Farm to Preschool National Survey of Programs 2012

This survey is a collaborative project on behalf of the Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network. The survey is being administered by Stacey Sobell and Katy Pelissier at Ecotrust, and by Dr. Betty Izumi at Portland State University.

We estimate that this questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete. One survey respondent will be selected at random to receive a $500 prize to use towards their Farm to Preschool efforts.

The goal of this survey is to collect program information from any persons doing childcare work that could fall under the broad heading of “Farm to Preschool,” even if that is not the official title of the program or curriculum. This includes all models of public and private childcare delivery (including but not limited to: preschools, Head Start, home-based care, etc.) and any combination of activities (detailed below).

Farm to School activities vary within each community, but may include purchasing local food for meals and snacks, bringing students to farms and farmers into the classroom, teaching students how to cook or prepare locally grown food, and edible (pre)school gardens. The terms “local food” or “regional food” usually refer to agricultural products that were grown, raised, or produced within a specified area (state, region, within 100 miles, etc.). For the purposes of this survey, the definition of the specific area considered to be “local” will be determined by the individual food buyer. The intent behind “buying local” is to support one’s regional food economy, as well as socially just and environmentally sound food production practices.

If you are not currently involved in any Farm to Preschool related activities, please let us know that in this survey as well. If you are not sure if your program could be considered “Farm to Preschool,” please feel free to contact Katy Pelissier at or at 503-467-0763. We would appreciate it if you would help us distribute the link to this survey widely, to other programs or networks that might qualify. This survey is intended to help the national Subcommittee better understand the scope of Farm to Preschool activities already happening across the country. This survey will provide a baseline of Farm to Preschool activities across the country and we need your input.

We estimate that this questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete. We ask that you complete the questionnaire to the best of your knowledge. If you would prefer to complete this questionnaire by phone or complete a paper version, please contact:

Katy Pelissier, Ecotrust Farm to School Assistant
Phone: 503-467-0763

Please note: Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. You must be 18 years of age or older to complete this survey. You may choose not to participate or you may choose to skip questions or discontinue your participation at any time without penalty. Information collected as part of this survey will be grouped together for reporting purposes. There are no anticipated risks to you for participating. We anticipate that you, as a Farm to Preschool practitioner, will benefit from helping to shape the Farm to Preschool movement.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more information. Please also feel free to contact the Human Subjects Research Review Committee if you have any concerns (Research and Strategic Partnerships, Market Center Building 6th floor, 1600 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97201, 503-725-2243).

Thank you in advance for your participation.


The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee co-leads: Emily Jackson, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture, Southeast Regional Lead, NFSN; Zoë Phillips, Urban Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College; and Stacey Sobell, Ecotrust, Western Regional Lead, NFSN

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Benzocaine and Babies: Not a Good Mix

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  • Teething: What’s a Parent to Do?
  • Adults Can Be Affected Too
  • When a baby is teething, many a mom or dad reaches for a pain remedy containing benzocaine to help soothe sore gums.  Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and can be found in such over-the-counter (OTC) products as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.

    But the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.  In the most severe cases, says FDA pharmacist Mary Ghods, R.Ph., methemoglobinemia can result in death.

    And children under 2 years old appear to be at particular risk.

    Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned about potential dangers in 2006, the agency has received 29 reports of benzocaine gel-related cases of methemoglobinemia.  Nineteen of those cases occurred in children, and 15 of the 19 cases occurred in children under 2 years of age, says FDA pharmacist Kellie Taylor, Pharm.D., MPH. 

    The agency repeated the warning in April 2011 and remains particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children for relief of pain from teething, says Taylor. This concern is fueled by the serious potential outcomes and the difficulty parents may have recognizing the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia when using these products at home. These symptoms may not always be evident or attributed to the condition.

    For these reasons, FDA recommends that parents and caregivers not use benzocaine products for children younger than 2 years, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional.

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    Danger Signs

    Symptoms of methemoglobinemia include:

    • pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • confusion
    • headache
    • light-headedness
    • rapid heart rate

    “Symptoms can occur within minutes to hours after benzocaine use,” Ghods says. “They can occur after using the drug for the first time, as well as after several uses.”

    If your child has any of these symptoms after using benzocaine, she adds, stop using the product and seek medical help immediately by calling 911.  

    Methemoglobinemia caused by benzocaine may require treatment with medications and admission to a hospital. Serious cases should be treated right away. If left untreated or if treatment is delayed, methemoglobinemia may cause permanent injury to the brain and body tissues, and even death, from the insufficient amount of oxygen in the blood.

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    Teething: What’s a Parent to Do?

    As for the crying baby, what’s a mom or dad to do? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some alternatives for treating teething pain:

    • Give the child a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator.
    • Gently rub or massage the child’s gums with your finger.

    If these remedies don’t provide relief, contact your health care professional for advice on other treatments.

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    New Ohio Early Learning & Development Standards (Birth to Age 5) Available for Review


    New Ohio Early Learning Development Standards (Birth to Age 5) Available for Review


    In December 2011, Ohio was awarded the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. To be awarded the funding, Ohio was required to have Early Learning and Development Standards in all Essential Domains of School Readiness, Birth to Kindergarten Entry.

    Ohio has revised and expanded its standards for children ages birth to kindergarten entry and we are seeking your feedback on the draft standards which are now posted for public comment. The standards have been revised, expanded, and aligned at the infant, toddler, and pre–kindergarten levels and now include all of the following domains of school readiness.

    Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards

    • Introduction
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
    • Approaches Toward Learning
    • Language and Literacy Development
    • Cognition and General Knowledge (includes academic content areas of Mathematics, Science and Social Studies)

    Please review any or all of the standards by June 4, 2012, to submit comments click this link.

    We look forward to receiving feedback from early childhood educators and professionals, families, and other stakeholders across the state serving children from birth through age five in all early childhood settings (including school districts, child care, family child care, and Head Start). Please forward to members of your various constituencies and encourage them to review and provide comments as well.

    Click the link for more information on Ohio's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant


    Comments welcome below.

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    Baby Sitting Liability Insurance for In-Home Day Care

    Baby Sitting Liability Insurance
    Large day-care centers are becoming out of financial reach for the average working parent. As fuel prices rise it seems as though everything is being affected. The cost of Child Care is no different. The overall price tag to raise a child and to place them in a daycare center nowadays has been steadily on the rise for more than a decade.
    According to CNN Money, The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 for a middle-income, two-parent family averaged $226,920 last year (not including college), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's up nearly 40% -- or more than $60,000 -- from 10 years ago. Just one year of spending on a child can cost up to $13,830 in 2010, compared to $9,860 a decade ago.

    The early years are among the toughest for parents who must find a way to afford all of those costs, plus child care.

    "It takes half of my paycheck to pay for my child care -- you start to feel like, Is this even worth it?" said Anna Aasen, a mother of two from Roseburg, Ore.

    Although housing generally represents a family's largest expense, putting more than one child in day care tips the scales.

    This is why parents are turning to in home baby sitting services. Parents find out they are able to afford in-home day care and have money left over at the end of the week. They also feel less concerned for their child's safety. However, there is one thing that parents still expect an in home baby sitting service to have.  Baby Sitting Liability Insurance.
    Simply put, a homeowner still needs to have baby sitting liability insurance for in-home day care just in case one of the children are injured while in the sitters care.
    Most homeowners have liability insurance, but if they are babysitting in their home, even for just one child, then they need to have baby sitting liability insurance for in-home day care providers. By adding this type of insurance the homeowner is being responsible and accepting the fact that anything can happen to a child while in her care.
    Every adult knows that babysitting a child in the home means the child will have access to every room in the house which could result in an injury. This is why having Baby Sitting Liability Insurance is so important.
    Since children are known to explore and try new things no matter how well the babysitter tries to keep an eye on them at some point there will be a mishap. If the child becomes seriously injured the friend whom you were babysitting for could sue you for personal injury to their child. By having baby sitting liability insurance you will not have to be concerned about losing any of your property because the insurance company will pay for the injuries for the child.
    Though serious accidents do not often happen in any type of day care setting by baby sitting at home with no insurance coverage, you are putting everything you own at risk. Remember that your typical homeowner policy will not cover an accident that occurred within the home day-care center. So be sure to have baby sitting liability insurance before you open the doors to any child you will be babysitting.

    At Janasko Insurance, we are the in-home day care specialists! We have joined together with West Bend Agency to offer our exclusive Baby Sitting Liability Insurance for In-Home Day Care providers. Now, you can get top rated coverage at the lowest possible cost.

    We want to help baby sitters lower their insurance bill by up to 37% RIGHT NOW!

    To find out how to save on baby sitting liability insurance simply fill out the form above on the top left, or follow this LINK to recieve more information and a FREE gift, The Circle Of Safety Book.



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    In-Home ChildCare Liability Insurance

    In-Home ChildCare Liability Insurance in Ohio

    Nowadays, more and more folks with childcare experience are babysitting in their homes to make money or to supplement their retirement income. This can be great deal for parents that do not want to put their children in a traditional childcare facility. However, an in-home daycare provider should know up front that their homeowners insurance might not be enough to protect them in the event of an injury or disaster. They will need an insurance policy that is specifically designed for in-home daycare providers.

    Having In-Home ChildCare Liability Insurance provides protection up to the policy limits for any type of property damage, bodily injury, or physical harm, caused to the children in your home.

    Some policies can have medical payments built-in. This can give the daycare provider a great sense of security and give the parents some peace of mind knowing that their children are protected.

    In the past, buying an in-home child care liability policy was unaffordable for the average in-home childcare provider. This has changed today though. Your local Janasko Insurance agent in Ohio has partnered with West Bend Insurance to create special protection just for in-home child care providers. These policies offer the exact coverage they need at tremendous savings.

    For more information about becoming an in-home child care provider, visit

    To find out more about this exciting new program that can offer you affordable In-Home ChildCare Liability Insurance simply use the more information box at the top left.

    At Janasko Insurance, we are the in-home day care specialists! We have joined together with West Bend Agency to offer our exclusive Liability Insurance for In-Home Day Care providers. Now, you can get top rated coverage at the lowest possible cost.

    We want to help baby sitters lower their insurance bill by up to 37% RIGHT NOW!

    To find out how to save on baby sitting liability insurance simply fill out the form above on the top left, or follow this LINK to recieve more information and a FREE gift, The Circle Of Safety Book.



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    What Makes A Great Day Care Center

    A Great Day Care Center

    category - child care

    In today's world of stiff competition, a childcare owner-operator needs an edge. One way to gain that edge is to do things better than the next person. The first way to make your daycare center great is to build the very best reputation in the community as possible.

    The truth is parents will begin to look for child care up to 6 months before they need it. During the course of their search, they will be talking to other parents. If they hear too many negative comments, they may cross your center off their list.

    More ways to establish a great day care center is to have a formal set of rules and policies that everyone understands and follows. Make copies of these policies and give them to parents during the first meeting.

    These should include:

    1) A formal curriculum
    2) An evacuation plan
    3) Emergency guidelines for all medical and police situations
    4) Fire drill. Practice the escape routes
    5) Cleaning and scheduling

    Another important aspect that parents look for in a child care center is a qualified staff. Therefore, try hiring people that have an understanding about nutrition, sleep, discipline, and first aid. They should also be caring, compassionate, and love children. In the end, having a great staff is what will equal a great childcare center too. So does having a clean business.

    Daily cleaning will not only help to prevent colds and flu but also makes a good first impression. If a mom or dad visits several daycare centers they will remember the ones that were clean and had the best toys and games. All these items are what makes a great day care center in Ohio.

    Finally, make sure your license is current and that your insurance policy is adequate. Be prepared to show these items to your new clients because these are necessary to have a great day care center. To find out if you are paying too much for insurance, use the more information box. Most Ohio owners discover they can save nearly forty percent on their cover.

    Liability Insurance For Day Care Center In Ohio

    Liability Insurance For Day Care Center In Ohio

    When you need Liability Insurance for your Day Care Center in Ohio, call a name that everyone trusts. That name is, Janasko Insurance Agency. They have been providing the very best insurance products for two generations now. They have a complete line of special indemnity products just for daycare center operators. These policies help child care owners save money without sacrificing coverage.

    How can the agents in Ohio save you so much money on liability insurance? Simple, the representatives at Janasko have done a lot of research into each individual company and the policies they offer. They take in to account many different factors. Among them are things like price verses coverage, how old the company is, and` what kind of customer service do they give, just to name a few. They actively look for the maximum amount of protection available at the lowest possible price. When they find the ideal indemnity coverage at the right cost, they report the service to you, their customer.

    Keep in mind, however, only the very best of the best indemnity companies met the rigorous criteria. They must also provide you with fast friendly claims service when you need it. All of this is how they can offer the very best protection in the child care industry --for less money. Likewise, only the very best day care services can qualify for these huge savings. In some cases, a qualified childcare service can save up to forty percent on their yearly protection. They will receive all these benefits without having to cut back on their damage or redress security. No more sky-high deductibles either.

    The truth is this; you work hard for your money and your comminity and that is why you need to save on your insurance. The folks at Janasko want to help you same money today.

    So when you need the very best indemnification for your Child Care Center in Ohio, but at the lowest possible cost, call Janasko at 1 877 239 2324 now. Find out how Liability Insurance For Day Care Center In Ohio does not have to cost an arm and a leg. If you do not have the time to call simply click the More Information link to fill out your name and email address. Someone will contact you to discuss your needs. It is best to hurry because availability is limited. This savings ends soon.