Step Up To Quality Stories

How to Advocate for Your Child in Early Childhood Education Settings

Even though I have a college degree in early childhood education, even though I’ve worked and taught in the field for more than a decade, even though I am well-versed in the research and best practices in the classroom, my husband and I brushed off warning signs when we placed...Read More ›

Reflecting on 5 Years of Step Up to Quality

High quality child care is everyone’s issue.Whether you have children or not, and whether you have children in child care or not, the state of child care resources in Nebraska should be an issue you feel strongly about:
  • It’s an economic issue. We’ve seen how quality child care can help...Read More ›

When It Comes to Child Care, What Exactly Does Quality Mean?

For first-time parents, searching for child care can be overwhelming, confusing and exhausting.“It’s the most important decision they’ll make as new parents,” said Step Up to Quality Director Lauri Cimino.No pressure or anything.Especially if parents are not familiar with the world of early childhood education – it’s diving into a...Read More ›

A Solution for the Quality Gap in Public Early Childhood Education Programs

More and more school districts are extending their educational offerings to include pre-kindergarten and pre-school programs, and it’s no wonder – they can provide significant benefits to the schools, the parents and the children.For schools, getting kids used to being in a classroom environment helps them seamlessly transition to kindergarten....Read More ›

How I Quickly Found a Part-Time, Education-Focused, Affordable Preschool for My Son

For the first two and a half years of our son Atticus’ life, we were fortunate enough to have family members close by for babysitting. From nearly day one of his life at home with his father and I, my mom (our son’s Nana) was there to help.I was home...Read More ›

Educate, Motivate, Activate: Coaches Help Guide Child Care Providers Through 5-Step Process

Coaches are universally valuable people to have in your corner – they help unlock potential, they help you learn new skills, and they can encourage you to accomplish goals you never before thought possible.For those child care directors or owners who are going through the Step Up to Quality...Read More ›

The Clear Connection Between Child Development & Economic Development

When The Valley Child Development Center opened in January 2018, it was the culmination of years of work residents of the town had poured into their dream.Their dream wasn’t and isn’t just about a quality child care center in their town, though. It’s about making Red Cloud a...Read More ›

Prioritizing Quality Early Childhood Education

When Adam Feser promotes policies affecting early childhood in Nebraska, he can reference countless research studies, stacks of data analysis and endless quotes from experts.But maybe the most meaningful example of the power of quality early childhood education is his own family.Adam works as a policy associate for First...Read More ›

Teaching the Teachers

After Suzanne Schneider's first son started attending child care, it dawned on her that she might like working there. She had a degree in education, and, it turned out, an undiscovered passion for teaching little ones. She quickly became the center's director."Early childhood education is so important, and I have...Read More ›

It’s OK to be a Child Care Snob

Jen Nelson has a message for parents looking for child care: it’s OK to be a snob. It’s OK to expect more out of your current provider, too.As the sole proprietor of Nurture and Nature Family Child Care, Step Up to Quality’s first rated child care provider, and the first...Read More ›

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