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QRIS Resource Guide

Nebraska

Nebraska’s 103rd legislature passed the Step Up to Quality Child Care Act in June of 2013, prompting the State’s development of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (Step Up to Quality Child Care). Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education are collaborating in its development, with input from the State’s QRIS Stakeholder group and child care providers. Step Up to Quality Child Care will have five levels, with licensing as the first, and a hybrid rating structure. Tiered reimbursement will be available at steps three through five; incentive bonuses are provided at steps two through five.  Programs receiving over a specified amount of child care assistance will be required to participate, beginning July 1, 2014. Step Up to Quality Child Care is voluntary for all other child care and early childhood education providers.The Step Up to Quality Child Care Act is available at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Slip/LB507.pdf.

Nebraska Contacts

Organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Web Site: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/chs_chc_chcindex.aspx

Organization: Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood

Web Site: http://www.education.ne.gov/OEC/index.html

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.