INDIANAPOLIS -- On Tuesday, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's (FSSA) Bureau of Child Care (BCC) announced plans to roll out a quality rating system (QRS) for child care providers across the state.
The program, called Paths to QUALITY (PTQ) is a free and voluntary rating system designed to help parents find and select the best care for their children in licensed centers, family child care homes or unlicensed registered ministries.
"In our ultra-competitive world, it is incredibly important that children start learning well before kindergarten," FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob said. "With the statewide implementation of Paths to QUALITY, it is our hope to assist parents in preparing their children for future success."
The program was originally developed and implemented by Early Childhood Alliance in six counties in northeast Indiana. The standards for the state-adopted Paths to QUALITY program may be tailored for family childcare homes, licensed centers and unlicensed registered ministries. The program runs on four levels.
Each level builds on the foundation of the previous one, resulting in significant quality improvements at each and in national accreditation at the highest level. The four levels address:
* Level One -- Health and safety needs of children met,
* Level Two -- Environment supports children's learning,
* Level Three -- Planned curriculum guides child development and school readiness, and
* Level Four -- National accreditation is achieved.
"We understand it can be difficult to choose what childcare settings are best for your children," Director of the Division of Family Resources Zach Main said. "The Paths to QUALITY program is designed to help Hoosier parents make informed decisions for their future."