Prior Coaching Now Available for Nebraska Early Childhood Education Providers

Prior Coaching Now Available for Nebraska Early Childhood Education Providers

High-quality early childhood education and care is essential to a child’s future success, and we know it’s equally important to support the professionals who shape these children. Now, Step Up to Quality is offering more coaching and peer support to early-stage providers in our program.

What is Quality Improvement?

Step Up to Quality helps child care providers and early childhood educators recognize and improve the quality of their practices, going beyond what is necessary to do better for the future of their children and their families. The five stages of our program guide suppliers on the path to higher quality at their own pace, and achieving each stage is cause for celebration.

We greatly value feedback from our suppliers, and have learned through meetings and surveys as part of the Step Up to Quality 2.0 process that they want access to prior coaching on their Step Up to Quality journey. Previously, providers did not have the option of requesting a free one-on-one professional coach to support their class, home or center until they completed Stage 2.

More coaching and networking opportunities

Now, providers in Stage 1 (or entering Stage 3) can access coaches during a series of virtual group meetings in what we call Quality Foundations Coaching. We intend to group providers by type of child care, such as family child care providers or child care centres. We think this is a wonderful opportunity to not only provide earlier opportunities to meet our great coaches, but also to network with other providers from each cohort to share tips and celebrate successes. .

“We want to empower and build the capacity of these providers. They have been doing this job for many years, so their experiences and knowledge are extremely valuable to share with the group among experienced and new providers alike,” said Coaching Specialist Lynne Cook. “We help each other to do our best.”

Benefits of training

Both forms of coaching support are completely free and voluntary for providers registered with Step Up to Quality. Quality foundation cohorts will focus on evidence that could be collected to meet high quality indicators. One-on-one coaching is more intensive, focusing on a provider’s childcare practices and the framework to understand and support their personal vision and goals.

“We want to honor the supplier ethos,” Lynne said. “A coach should be seen as a partner in this. They are a guide through the process and a resource. Providers decide what their program should look like.

If you are already enrolled in Step Up to Quality, you can apply to join a Quality Foundation Cohort. If you’re a provider looking to improve the quality of your care, you can sign up for our online orientation when you’re ready to learn more and get started!

Interested in becoming a Step Up to Quality coach?

We are always open to recruiting more coaches who meet early childhood qualifications. Our coaches are experienced professionals looking to transition to more flexible, part-time schedules. Learn more about coach qualifications and complete our coach application. Contact Lynne at [email protected] or 531-207-2218 with any questions.

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