Mercer County Head Start, in partnership with families and the community, significantly impacts school readiness progress by creating a high quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, nurturing, safe, and healthy environment in which children, families, and staff are inspired to reach their fullest potential.
Mercer County Head Start is a 5-Star rated child care program. Step up to Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio’s quality rating system for child care programs. The Ohio Department of Job and family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) use a comprehensive, one-to-five star rating system to assess ODJFS and ODE-licensed early childhood programs that choose to exceed minimum health and safety standards. Stating in 2020, all child care programs that receive state funding will be required to participate in Step Up to Quality. Ratings are posted online, and parents can use them to choose the program that is best for their child.
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A healthy child is a child ready to learn
School readiness is measured by skills in the five central domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Ages Birth to Five (ELOF): Social-Emotional, Physical (Gross Motor/Fine Motor), Language/Literacy, Cognitive and Mathematics.