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Local early childhood organization recognized for its quality childcare services | Education

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Bright Beginnings Child Enrichment Center has been recognized by Nebraska Step Up to Quality for its commitment to quality child care and education.

Step Up to Quality programs go beyond state licensing requirements to better meet the needs of young children and their families and prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

With approximately 662 participating daycares in Nebraska, only 12 earned a 5 rating, including Bright Beginnings.

Since 90% of brain development occurs before age 5, early childhood care and education is critical to a child’s future success.

Early learning lays the foundation for skills needed in school, work and life. Studies show that children who receive quality education and childcare are more likely to improve their reading and math skills, go to college and earn higher wages. .

While the majority of Nebraskans believe quality child care is very important, only 10% strongly agree that young children in our state are primed for success when they start kindergarten, according to a survey conducted by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Gallup.

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Parents believe their local providers could do better when it comes to quality – only 15% are very satisfied with the quality of programs where they live.

“It is crucial that providers and educators across the state have a mutual understanding of what quality looks like in the child care environment and that they feel supported on their journey to quality,” said Lauri Cimino, director of Step Up to Quality. “Programs registered with Step Up to Quality have access to coaching and resources that enable any provider – large or small – to take quality to the next level.”

Step Up to Quality supports all types of early childhood education and care programs, including licensed family child care and child care centers, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, school-run early childhood programs public and approved kindergartens.

“The teaching staff at Bright Beginnings go above and beyond every day for these children and earning a 5 truly shows their dedication, love and teamwork,” said Angie Lange, owner/manager of Bright. Beginnings in a prepared statement. “Step Up to Quality continues to be an important program for us as we nurture and love the children in our care every day. I am proud of each of our teachers. They are truly some of the best early childhood educators in our region.