Every year, and every day, is about quality at Step Up to Quality. But in 2022, we’re going to be emphasizing quality in new ways.
The early childhood education field has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. However, child care providers have shown incredible resilience. People outside of the field now...Read More › - This is Quality
Children can experience a wide range of emotions throughout a single day, but they aren’t always able to recognize and understand emotions in themselves and others. That’s why it’s important for children to learn emotional skills in early childhood education settings.
More broad emotions, like happiness and anger, are generally picked...Read More › - Tips and Tools for Teaching Children Emotional Skills
If you’re reading this, odds are you care deeply about the safety of children as they learn, play and grow. Safety is also important to us at Step Up to Quality.
When it comes to creating a child-safe environment in early childhood education settings, some hazards are difficult to recognize until...Read More › - A Child Care Safety Checklist for Parents and Providers
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?