We are thrilled to launch new features on our website
— a comprehensive, seamless, user-friendly search function and insightful resources for parents looking for high quality early childhood education.
This search engine is deceptively powerful. Parents can easily narrow down their child care search by inputting a few preferences and...Read More › - The Search Engine That Could
We achieved a big milestone: more than 500 providers are now participating in Step Up to Quality!
“This achievement means that thousands of children in Nebraska are receiving the best possible care in their most formative years,” said Step Up to Quality Director Lauri Cimino.
We want to take a moment and...Read More › - 500+ Providers Strong
Step Up to Quality is Nebraska’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Back in early 2013, when the Nebraska Legislature introduced LB507
, the Step Up to Quality Act, not every state had a QRIS. Now, nearly every state
The QRIS framework was developed in the 1990s as a...Read More › - What is a QRIS?
Even Olympic-level athletes train.
New technologies are always sprouting up, new techniques are always being discovered and new records are always being broken. The pursuit for excellence never ends – which means it’s more about the journey than the end result.
The same applies to Step Up to Quality.
“We want all providers...Read More › - Step 2: Training
They say the hardest step for a runner isn’t the last one of a marathon, as you might imagine. It’s actually the first one out their front door.
Gathering the gumption and courage to take action and do more than just dip your toe into something is universally hard.
At Step Up...Read More › - Step by Step…You’ll Get There!
The Step Up to Quality process consists of five steps. Once programs have made it to the fifth step, they’re rated every five years to maintain that level.
But first, celebrations are definitely in order.
“It’s a big accomplishment!” said Lynne Cook, the coaching specialist at Step Up to Quality.
They’re not...Read More › - What Happens When a Program Reaches Step 5?
With many parents working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with many child care providers temporarily closing or reducing the number of children they care for during that time, we are seeing a new level of appreciation for high quality care.
Parents have always appreciated their child care providers...Read More › - A New Emphasis on Quality Child Care