This is Your Quality Time

Step Up to Quality’s podcast was created especially for Nebraska’s early childhood education professionals.

While it does have great information for parents, educators of older students, administrators and really anyone who cares about kids, we purposefully plan episodes with child care providers in mind.

Each episode focuses on uplifting those in early childhood education — providing a self-care space, showing appreciation for professionals in the field and creating a new platform to learn from others in Nebraska. And we know your time is valuable, so each episode is about 30 minutes, give or take.

How to Listen to Quality Time

You can subscribe and download episodes anywhere you normally listen to podcasts — or you can download them right here. Episodes from the first season will be released every other week.

About Our Host

We are fortunate to have the most wonderful host for Quality Time, Colleen Schmit. Colleen has worked in early childhood education as a teacher, consultant, program evaluator and speaker for 20 years, and she has also authored two books about the field.

Colleen earned her master’s degree in early childhood education at Concordia University and began her career as a teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a certified CLASS trainer and online CDA facilitator through Teachstone. Colleen and her husband, Bob, enjoy spending time with their four kiddos and eating lots of pizza.

Have Ideas for Quality Time?

If you have any suggestions about episode topics, people to interview or just general feedback, email us at nde.stepuptoquality@nebraska.gov.

RSS Quality Time Podcast

  • Episode 1 - You're Invited to Quality Time August 22, 2022
    The Step Up to Quality team shares a breakdown of what the program is all about and why providers want to be a part of quality early childhood education in Nebraska. Guest stars Lauri Cimino, Lynne Cooke and Jenny Fleming discuss what it's like to participate in Step Up to Quality, and the progress they […]
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