Steps At–A–Glance: Child Care Centers
- Register for and complete orientation
- Complete Step Up to Quality application for each physical site
- Director and each staff member creates a professional record
- Complete required trainings:
- Safe with You Series (4 hours)
- Early Learning Guidelines Domain Series (42 hours)
- Management Training (45 hours)
- Complete Go NAP SACC orientation (20 minutes) and submit Pre Self-Assessment
- Complete Coach Interest Questionnaire
- Complete curriculum alignment form if necessary
- Select an observation tool (CLASS or ERS) and complete observation tool training
- Earn points based on quality standards and indicators
- Keep all professional records up to date
- Complete and submit Rating Readiness Tool
Director of Record Change
To update or change your Director of Record information, please fill out the online form.
Early Learning Connection
Nebraska’s Early Learning Connection (ELC) is an integrated system of early childhood professional development. The ELC consists of a statewide hub at the Early Childhood Training Center and seven regional ELC partnerships, along with other state and regional partners. It is designed as a system that supports the career and professional development of all who provide programs and services for young children, birth to 8, that includes:
- Professional development for early childhood and school-age
- Supports for implementation utilizing early childhood coaches
- Program quality assessments
- Strategic planning with higher education and other adult learning organizations
- Community engagement and outreach
Click here for more information about ELC.
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
The early childhood care and education field in Nebraska continually strives to improve the quality of programs for young children and their families. The use of environment rating scales is a widely accepted method of evaluating and improving the quality of home- and center-based programs.
Environment Rating Scales is broadly defined and currently includes Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3), Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R).
Training by Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) staff on the Environment Rating Scales is designed for early childhood educators working in Nebraska and is for the purpose of quality program improvement of Nebraska early childhood programs.
For information about upcoming ERS trainings, click here.
The ERS Self Assessment Form can be used by directors and teachers to internally identify strengths and focus on changes the program plans to make. Click here to access the ERS Self Assessment form.
Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
CLASS™ is an observation tool that focuses on the effectiveness of classroom interactions among teachers and children. These daily interactions promote children’s social and cognitive development.
CLASS™ observation tools have been developed for Toddler, Pre-K, K-3, Upper Elementary and Secondary age groups. At every age level, the CLASS™ measure focuses on interactions that support learning.
To access upcoming CLASS trainings, click here.
The CLASS Self Assessment Form can be used by directors and teachers to internally identify strengths and focus on changes the program plans to make. Click here to access the CLASS Self Assessment form.
Child Care Subsidy
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services can help with the cost of child care via Child Care Subsidy. Child Care Subsidy provides benefits to providers and parents alike, providing assistance to families who are working hard to support themselves and serving as a reliable source of income for providers.
Click here for more information about Child Care Subsidy.
Click here to learn about the types of child care licenses and regulations for Child Care Centers.
The Child Line is a statewide, toll-free telephone resource for those working with young children and their families. Any person in Nebraska interested in issues that affect young children and their families may call.
The Child Line provides information, resources and support concerning early childhood care and education. You might call for answers to your questions about:
- A local conference or training in your area
- Funding information
- Help with a challenging situation at your early childhood program
- Media materials for in-service hours
- Licensing information
- Information on starting a child care program
- Child care resources and referrals
- Any other issue affecting young children and families
The Child Line can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. 1.800.89.CHILD (1.800.892.4453)