Step Up to Quality – Nebraska Department of Education

High-quality early childhood programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Step Up to Quality helps early child care providers and educators recognize and improve quality.


Programs enrolled in Step Up to Quality have access to coaching and resources that help them on their path to higher quality. These resources enable any provider or educator –– big or small –– to take quality to the next level.

Step Up to Quality programs go beyond what is required because they strive to do better for their children’s and families’ futures.

Step Up to Quality supports all child care and early childhood education programs, including:

  • Licensed family child care homes

  • Licensed child care centers

  • Head Start and Early Head Start programs

  • Public school-operated early childhood programs

  • Licensed preschools

Step Up to Quality is not a typical rating system –– it’s a path. No matter where you are on the path, you are making a statement: “I want to be the best I can be so I can best serve my children and families.”

Services Provided

Professional Development for Child Care

  • Step Up to Quality
  • Coaching
  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • Nutrition
Primary Contact
Step Up to Quality Information
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509