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Step Up to Quality

Step Up to Quality: 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 and families’ futures.

Answers 4 Families

Answers 4 Families: When there is someone in your family with special needs, you may find yourself looking for answers. is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance.

Head Start Collaboration Office

Head Start Collaboration Office promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Many Head Start and Early Head Start programs are based in centers and schools. Other programs are located in child care centers and family child care homes. Some programs offer home-based services that assigned dedicated staff who conduct weekly visits to children in their own home and work with the parent as the child's primary teacher.

Nebraska Child Care Aware

NebraskaChildCare Aware is the nation’s most respected hub of child care information for parents and child care providers. A program of Child Care Aware of America, Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. This program also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

Nebraska National Association for the Education of Young Children

Nebraska National Association for the Education of Young Children is a state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Its purpose is to strengthen and support the early childhood community. Nebraska AEYC provides a variety of projects and services. Nebraska AEYC is committed to supporting high quality care and education for young children in Nebraska. We accomplish this through promoting professional development activities, advocating for issues relating to children and families, serving as a resource for local affiliates/chapters and other agencies involved in working with young children, providing information supportive of high quality services and providing networking opportunities for early childhood professionals throughout the state.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. ZERO TO THREE has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers.

Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.

Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral: The Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS) is a statewide database created with input from Nebraska Families, service providers and organizations. The NRRS provides 1-800 numbers as well as web sites and email contacts to help you connect faster to the services you are seeking. This database provides individuals the opportunity to have a real choice in the diverse selection of service providers by allowing users to more easily locate and compare services of local and state agencies.

Nebraska Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (N-MIECHV)

Nebraska Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (N-MIECHV): Home visiting programs are one part of a comprehensive, high quality early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, and development.  Home visiting encourages strong parent-child relationships.  Home visiting offers a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes free appropriate public education available to eligible children with disabilities and ensures special education and related services are available as well. Grants are provided to support special education and early intervention services for infants through the age of 21. Grants are also awarded through this act to support research, demonstrations, technical assistances, and training centers.

Nebraska’s Early Development Network(EDN)

Nebraska’s Early Development Network is a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Departments of Education and the Health & Human Services to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The Early Development Network (EDN) provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. These services are designed to act on what families think is important for their child and family. The Network is staffed by friendly, supportive people who listen to and respect families. The Network also can connect families with other families who have had similar experiences. The goal of the Early Development Network is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child's disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child's development.
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