State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Coaching
The Children’s Cabinet QRIS Coaching Program supports licensed child care providers (centers only at this time) in achieving a higher QRIS star rating. The focus is to provide effective, on-site assistance to enhance knowledge, skills, practices, or environment. The Children’s Cabinet QRIS Coaches are trained in the Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) and must maintain reliability with Nevada’s QRIS Anchor. Our coaches work with child care centers to implement gradual, sustained, improvements over time.
Interested child care providers must attend a QRIS introduction meeting prior to requesting QRIS coaching. For more about QRIS or to sign up for coaching in Nevada, please visit the Silver State Stars QRIS website.
Nevada is currently piloting a new QRIS process called “Steps to Stars.” For an overview of the Steps to Stars process, please open the Steps to Stars checklist.
Register with the Nevada Registry
The Nevada Registry is a recognition system that helps support the careers of Early Care and Education (ECE) professionals. The Nevada Early Care and Education Professional Career Ladder and the Professional Development Plan both assist individuals in planning their training, education, and career development goals. With these recognition systems, practitioners can determine what they need to know and be able to do when caring for children, create a record of their accomplishments, and take a proactive approach to planning their career development.
Earn CEUs or College Credits
College coursework and degrees are linked to quality child care. College coursework can also count toward providers’ annual child care training requirement. (Contact your licensing surveyor for more information). The Nevada Registry (above) has comprehensive information on Universities and Colleges that offer Early Education and Care degrees within Nevada’s System of Higher Education. Visit The Nevada Registry’s Nevada System of Higher Education webpage for more information on earning CEUs or College Credits.
Need help paying for your college degree? T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Nevada provides college scholarships for Home Care Providers, Center Teachers and Aides, Center Directors, and early childhood facility owners working in a licensed facility at least 30* hours a week. For more information, visit the T.E.A.C.H. website.
Earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. For more information on the CDA credential, click on our Child Development Assoicate (CDA) Fact Sheet. You can also visit the Council for Professional Recognition’s website.
Programs that are accredited have gone beyond minimum licensing standards and have made a commitment to the nurturing and education children and their families deserve. Accreditation is a process used to identify programs providing exemplary care for children. See our Accreditation Fact Sheet for more information on the benefits of becoming accredited.
Office of Early Learning and Development – The Office of Early Care and Education assists child care centers and family home providers with the process of accreditation. It can also assist with the cost for accreditation materials and fees. There are six different accreditation agencies that are recognized by the Office of Early Care and Education.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) – The NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
- The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) – The NECPA is a non-profit organization created to encourage the availability of high quality early education programs for America’s families.
- National Accreditation Commission (NAC) – The NAC identifies quality standards for the care and education of young children, promotes professionalism and program quality, and is managed by the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), an organization that believes effective management is the critical link to superior child care.
- The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) – The NAA represents the voice of the afterschool field in the areas of professional development, program quality, public policy, and current issues affecting children and youth in their out of school time.
- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) – The ACSI accreditation programs are for preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. Recognized at the national level, as well as by many regional and state accrediting agencies, these programs provide a comprehensive evaluation model for Christian schools.