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High-quality early childhood programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families.

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Step Up to Quality is here to help you find early childhood providers committed to quality care.

Committed to Quality

Step Up to Quality helps great child care providers become even better. If you see that a child care provider is enrolled in Step Up to Quality, you know that they are committed to being the very best.
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It’s story time! We like sharing examples of how quality early childhood education impacts children, families and providers almost as much as kids love reading.

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Quality Matters.

Early child care and education is crucial to a child’s future success, with 90 percent of brain development occurring before age 5.

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Providers + Educators.

Step Up to Quality supports all child care and early childhood education programs with supports and resources that improve quality.

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Every step counts.

Step Up to Quality is not a typical rating system — it’s a path. No matter where you are on the path, you are making a statement.

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Parents + Families.

Early learning builds the foundation for skills needed in school, work and life. Help ensure your child has access to quality learning and care.

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