Steps At-A-Glance: Preschools

Step 1

Step 2

  • Complete required trainings:
    • Safe with You Series (4 hours)
    • Early Learning Guidelines Domain Series (42 hours)
    • Management Training (45 hours) if licensed for 13 or more
    • Getting Down to Business (20 hours) if licensed for 12 or fewer
  • Complete Go NAP SACC Pre Self-Assessment
  • Complete Coach Interest Questionnaire (optional)

Steps 3-5

  • Complete Curriculum Alignment Form if necessary
  • Select an observation tool and complete observation tool training
  • Keep all professional records up to date
  • Earn points based on quality standards and indicators*
  • Complete and submit Rating Readiness Tool

*Note: Preschool programs with a license capacity of 12 or fewer will follow the indicators/points available for family child care home providers. Preschool programs with a license capacity of 13 or more will follow the indicators/points available for child care centers.

Director of Record Change

To update or change your Director of Record information, please fill out the Director of Record online form.

Early Learning Connection

Nebraska’s Early Learning Connection (ELC) is an integrated system of early childhood professional development. The ELC consists of a statewide hub at the Early Childhood Training Center and seven regional ELC partnerships, along with other state and regional partners. It is designed as a system that supports the career and professional development of all who provide programs and services for young children, birth to 8, that includes:

  • Professional development for early childhood and school-age
  • Supports for implementation utilizing early childhood coaches
  • Program quality assessments
  • Strategic planning with higher education and other adult learning organizations
  • Community engagement and outreach

More information about ELC.

Environment Rating Scales (ERS)

The early childhood care and education field in Nebraska continually strives to improve the quality of programs for young children and their families. The use of environment rating scales is a widely accepted method of evaluating and improving the quality of home- and center-based programs.

Environment Rating Scales is broadly defined and currently includes Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3), Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R).

Training by Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) staff on the Environment Rating Scales is designed for early childhood educators working in Nebraska and is for the purpose of quality program improvement of Nebraska early childhood programs.

Information about upcoming ERS trainings.

The ERS Self Assessment Form can be used by directors and teachers to internally identify strengths and focus on changes the program plans to make. Access to the ERS Self Assessment form.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

CLASSTM is an observation tool that focuses on the effectiveness of classroom interactions among teachers and children. These daily interactions promote children’s social and cognitive development.

CLASSTM observation tools have been developed for Toddler, Pre-K, K-3, Upper Elementary and Secondary age groups. At every level, the CLASSTM measure focuses on interactions that support learning.

Access to upcoming CLASS trainings.

The CLASS Self Assessment form can be used by directors and teachers to internally identify strengths and focus on changes the program plans to make. Access to the CLASS Self Assessment form.


Learn about the types of child care licenses and regulations for Preschools.

Child Line

The Child Line is a statewide, toll-free telephone resource for those working with young children and their families. Any person in Nebraska interested in issues that affect young children and their families may call.

The Child Line provides information, resources and support concerning early childhood care and education. You might call for answers to your questions about:

  • A local conference or training in your area
  • Funding information
  • Help with a challenging situation at your early childhood program
  • Media materials for in-service hours
  • Licensing information
  • Information on starting a child care program
  • Child care resources and referrals
  • Any other issue affecting young children and families

The Child Line can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. 1.800.89.CHILD (1.800.892.4453)

Other Resources

Nebraska Extension – Early Childhood Development