Paths to QUALITY™ is Indiana's voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care. This system is the first and only child care rating system in the state!

The system identifies 4 levels of quality. Beginning at Level 1 - meeting basic health and safety standards - child care programs may progress to the highest level - Level 4, achieving national accreditation. Click on the decal to the right to learn more about the 4 levels of quality.


Resources for the Paths to QUALITY™

The standards for Paths to QUALITY™ are consistent but tailored for family child care homes and for licensed centers and unlicensed registered ministries. Paths to QUALITY™ is a system where each level builds on the foundation of the previous one, resulting in significant quality improvements at each stage and resulting in national accreditation at the highest level. The system validates programs and providers for ongoing efforts to achieve higher standards of quality and provides incentives and awards for success.

Click on each level below to access resources specific to each one.


Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 3 Level 4 Level 4