Child Care Quality System (CCQS)
Utah is currently implementing a new Child Care Quality System (CCQS), with center-based programs beginning October 2019 and family-based programs beginning October 2020. This system will help parents make informed choices about the child care programs their child attends so that the program will better prepare their child for kindergarten and life. This system will also ensure government child care subsidies are supporting quality programs.
How This Helps Child Care Providers
Enhanced Subsidy Grant
Programs rated High Quality or High Quality Plus may receive a monthly Enhanced Subsidy Grant.
A Valuable Marketing Tool
Receiving a high-quality ranking from the state is an impressive selling point for providers as they promote their business.
The Office of Child Care is reallocating funds to help providers achieve a higher rating.
How This Helps Parents
The Office of Child Care is committed to helping parents make informed choices on child care. Nationally, the quality of a child care program is important to parents who rely on child care while they are working. The new system is an important way to inform parents about the quality of child care programs which will help them select a provider that meets their needs. In addition to quality, parents also consider the location, cost and personal recommendations when making their selection.
Programs that become accredited by the following organizations may earn points in the Child Care Quality System. Their accreditation may also be highlighted on their Care About Childcare profile for parents to see. Copies of certificates must be submitted to URPD for verification.
Health & Safety Awards
Programs that earn these endorsements, certifications or awards may earn points in the Child Care Quality System. These may also be highlighted on their Care About Childcare profile for parents to see. Copies of certificates must be submitted to URPD for verification.