Paths to Quality™

Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System, is a voluntary system that providers can enroll in to rate the care being provided by their program. Providers are ranked on a four-level system, with each level building on the previous one.

Paths to QUALITY™ Levels

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.
Level Four: National accreditation (the highest indicator of quality) is achieved.

Paths to QUALITY™ Grants 

The grant cycle is now CLOSED.

In an effort to improve the quality of education and childcare to the families of Allen County, Women United and United Way of Allen County will provide $20,000 in grants to qualifying childcare providers. These grants are for childcare programs who work with children ages 0-5 to pursue, advance, or maintain a level on Paths to Quality. Grants will range from $500-$4,000 to local programs. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.
Please complete the grant application and budget application to Women United at The Scoring Rubric is how volunteers judge answers, so please make sure to review this while answering your questions.

Grant Application | Budget Application | Scoring Rubric
If you are not currently on PTQ, but are beginning the process, you may still apply. Please attach a Voluntary Certification Program checklist to your application signed by your Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) coach or home licensing checklist by your ECA coach.
Whether your application is accepted or not, you will receive notice by March 11, 2019. If you have questions regarding the Paths to QUALITY™ Grants please contact Women United or call 260.469.4012.