Steps At–A–Glance: Public Schools
Public schools, Head Start and accredited programs enter at Step 3.
- Complete orientation
- Complete Step Up to Quality application for each physical site
- Director and each staff member creates a professional record
- 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.
Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
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 the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3), the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R).
For access to upcoming ERS trainings, click here.
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.
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).