Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center Earns 4-Star rating from State of Ohio

Sylvania, Ohio – December 19, 2019 – The Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center has been recognized with a prestigious Step Up to Quality 4-Star rating from the State of Ohio. This rating underscores the YMCA child care’s team success in preparing children for kindergarten.

Step Up To Quality is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards exceeding preschool and school-age child care licensing requirements. Step Up To Quality is based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

3- to 4-Star Rating

Last summer, the Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center moved from a nearby building on the YMCA/JCC campus at 6465 Sylvania Ave. into the same facility as its family and wellness facility. The move necessitated the need to reapply for the SUTQ rating. The result was the child development center’s 3-star rating advancing to a 4-star rating.

“The benefits of high-quality learning and development centers last a lifetime. Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life” said Lesley Doria, executive director of child care at the YMCA.

Benefits of 4-Star Rating

More details of our new Step Up to Quality 4-Star rating follow:

  • Lower staff/child ratios. Teachers have more time to support your child’s individual development and learning. This is important because 90% of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old.
  • The administrator and teachers have higher education qualifications. The administrator and most teachers have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and many years’ experience working with young children. These qualifications benefit your child’s development and learning.
  • The administrator and teachers complete more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years. The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills to better support your child’s development and learning.
  • Teachers use a written plan of activities that covers all areas of development. The program develops a written, research-based lesson plan that provides opportunities for exploration and learning for your child.
  • The program builds relationships with families. Families contribute to their child’s education plan and share information about their child’s progress toward jointly developed learning goals.
  • The program values input from families and the community. Each year, the program communicates with families and neighborhood organizations about program goals and accomplishments.

YMCA’s Overall Child Care Program and Measurable Outcomes

The YMCA of Greater Toledo operates a total of 25 early childhood education and school-age enrichment centers in the area. In a recent academic year, kindergarten readiness scores for children in YMCA child care centers rose from 44% to 85%. The Y, a leading nonprofit organization locally, committed itself to continuous improvement and discipline in this area has created a direct correlation between its programs (e.g. child care, aquatics and wellness) and measurable outcomes.

About the YMCA of Greater Toledo

The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites – used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for more than 150 years. Learn more at; learn about the national organization at  

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Chuck Hartlage,, 419-725-7813