Preparing for Bright & Early

Child Care Aware® of North Dakota partners with Bright & Early North Dakota, to provide coaching and support to child care programs and preschools working toward quality rating and school readiness.Child Care Aware® coaches work with early childhood teachers and care providers to implement strategies that improve and confirm the quality of their program to parents and communities .

Coaches can help you and your programs:

  • Understand and use Bright & Early North Dakota ratings and assessments
  • Identify goals and create plans to ahieve goals that address program needs
  • Access resources to support the achievement of goals
  • Implement quality improvement plans

Child Care Aware offers different levels of coaching support to meet your needs

  • Quality Improvement Planning (QIP) is a long term partnership between a Child Care Aware coach and a child care program. This coaching options looks at your program's strengths and builds a plan to help you continue to grow the quality in your program. QIP is designed around setting and implementing goals that prepare you for Bright & Early, but may take longer than 6 months to accomplish. Programs participating in QIP will need to demonstrate a forward movement towards quality improvement to sustain coaching support.
  • Quality Coaching is a 6-month agreement between a program and a Child Care Aware coach that offers intense, in-depth coaching onsite or offsite via phone, video or email. Coaches set up regular meetings with your program to help you understand and prepare for observations, advance professional development goals and complete the general paperwork requirements of Bright & Early. The objective of this coaching choice is to have your program apply for the next step of Bright & Early at the end of the 6-month coaching agreement.
  • Quality Advising is less intensive and less in-depth. Programs will receive up to 7 hours of support, either onsite or offsite via phone, video, or email. This level of support is limited to a 6-month time frame while your program works to achieve the next step of Bright & Early. This level of support is meant to help your program with general paperwork and questions related to applying for a quality rating through Bright & Early North Dakota.

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Preparing for Bright & Early Resources

  • Goal Setting Resources
  • An important element to continuous quality improvement is setting meaningful and achievable goals. The resources below will get you started.

  • Evaluate The Strengths of Your Program
  • Environment Rating Scales are a way for you to evaluate the strengths of your program and identify areas that need improvement. You can use these guides for self-evaluation or with assistance from a Child Care Aware® coach. Learn more about Environment Rating Scales at www.ersi.info

  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised Edition
    Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised Edition

    Designed to assess group programs for children of preschool through kindergarten age, 3 through 5.

  • Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition
    Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition

    Designed to assess group programs for children from birth to 3 years of age.

  • Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition
    Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition

    Designed to assess family child care programs conducted in a provider's home for children from infancy through school-age.

Learn more about Bright & Early North Dakota