When you ask people for advice, the most valuable insights often come from peers who are in the same situation as you.
Sometimes that extra empathy and a “I really get it” mentality helps to provide additional clarity and wisdom. Others who might not have walked in those shoes don’t have the benefit of those lived experiences.
Child care providers who are thinking about participating in the Step Up to Quality program are encouraged to talk to other providers who are in the process or who have reached Step 5.
Even though the benefits of going through all five steps are many, it’s not an easy process. It’s time consuming, but more than worth it in the end.
As any provider in the process will attest, it’s a self-paced program and Step 5 is attainable by anyone who sets their mind to it. Going through each step in the process is a great goal for those providers looking to continuously improve the quality of their care. It’s easy to get started: interested providers can enroll on Step Up to Quality’s website and the orientation is all online.
Becki is a director of a busy, established child care center in Omaha. She’s been thinking about enrolling in Step Up to Quality, and asked Suzanne, who was a director of a preschool in Lincoln at the time, about the process. Suzanne now works for an early childhood advocacy group.
“I’ll be honest, it’s hard. But I would do it all over again because we are a better program for it,” Suzanne said.
See more of Becki and Suzanne’s conversation below, and please share on your social media channels when you’re done!