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Paths to Quality™ | Indiana's Quality Early Care and Education Starts Here

Paths to QUALITY™ helps your child receive the very best in order to be the very best.

ptq_graphicResearch shows that high quality early childhood programs prepare children for future success in school, work, and life. From birth to age five is the most critical time for human brain development. What a child experiences in these early years plays a significant role in the way his or her brain develops, and the way a child’s brain develops plays a significant role in the future success of the child. High quality early care and education programs are essential not only to Hoosier children, but also to their families and to the communities in which they live, both now and in the future.

Paths to QUALITY™ is Indiana’s statewide rating system for early care and education programs. It is a free resource to help families make decisions regarding early care and education for their children, and to help early care and education programs improve the quality of care and education they provide.

Each time a provider advances to the next level it means a more comprehensive learning experience for your child. Learn the specifics of each level.

Paths to QUALITY is a voluntary system. All participating programs have made a commitment to quality. The higher the level, the more each program improves their ability to support children’s development, learning, and future success in school and life.

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