Changes are coming to the Indiana Paths to QUALITY (PTQ) rating system.

In partnership with the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL), SPARK Learning Lab will manage all PTQ ratings that expire on August 1, 2020 or later.

How to Request a PTQ Rating

  1. SPARK will send your program an email that includes all of the PTQ standards that your program needs to meet to maintain or advance your PTQ level.
  2. You, as the program leader, use those standards to assess your own readiness for the PTQ rating. Need assistance with this step? Call our Help Desk at 1-800-299-1627, or email us at
  3. SPARK sends you the PTQ Confirmation Checklist.
  4. Once complete, your program returns the Confirmation Checklist to SPARK.
  5. SPARK requests the rating. Your rater will contact you within two business days of SPARK requesting the rating in order to schedule your rating visit.

Additional Information to Know:

  • Reminder letters are sent to programs 4-6 months before expiration, 3 months prior to expiration, and 45-60 days prior to expiration.
  • Rating requests MUST be submitted 45-31 days prior to expiration.
  • Communications are sent via email from Be sure to add the domain to your address book so you receive all communications. 
  • You can always receive assistance with the rating process by emailing or calling the SPARK Help Desk at 1-800-299-1627.

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