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Early Childhood Coaching

Coaching is an interactive process based on a collaborative relationship. It is intentionally designed to promote sustainable growth in the attitudes, skills and knowledge to effectively implement best practices for the optimal development of young children and their families. Through observation, discussion, and reflection the coach promotes the other person’s ability to grow toward identified goals. Early childhood coaches support early childhood professionals in the implementation of quality practices.

Guiding principles: Coaches should have an understanding and ability to put into practice and advocate for the following guiding principles in their work:

  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive practice
  • Natural learning environment
  • Learner focused approach
  • Functional and meaningful activities/supports
  • Collaborative goal setting
  • Systems perspective with recognition that change occurs over time and coaches facilitate and anticipate change

Download the Nebraska Early Childhood Coaching Guidebook: Competencies for Professional Practice in English or Spanish to learn more.

Becoming an Early Childhood Coach in Nebraska

The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for a coaching contract with the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) for the Pyramid Model and/or Step Up To Quality coaching initiatives:

STEP 1: Complete and submit the Early Childhood Coach Application form to NDE

STEP 2: Complete the 2-day Nebraska Early Childhood Coach Training

STEP 3: Complete one or both of the following depending on your interests:

    • 1-day Pyramid coach training (for NDE & NCFF)
    • 1-day Step Up to Quality coach training


Completion of these training requirements does not guarantee a contract. Individuals who have completed coach training will be listed on a master registry and may be contacted when opportunities become available across the state.

Updated September 1, 2023 1:45pm