Early Childhood Education

Kids Can is proud to offer comprehensive early childhood education and care for children ages 18-months to 5-years-old.  We have classrooms split into three age groups and offer care Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.   Click ahead for more information on Toddler care and Preschool/Pre-K programs.  

Kids Can is a state-licensed childcare, Child Care Subsidy (Title XX) payments accepted. You may download rate information here.

Jill Garrett, Early Childhood Site Director

Jill started in January of 2017 as the Early Childhood Education Director with Kids Can. Jill has a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in early childhood. Jill has served as an early childhood administrator and teacher for over 15 years. She enjoys working in the early childhood field because the first few years of life are extremely important to the continued success of children academically, social and emotionally. Jill loves spending time with her husband and three children along with their dog especially when they can get outdoors to camp and walk around their neighborhood.

 

 

 

Step Up To Quality

Step Up to Quality is a program through the Nebraska Department of Education and Health & Human Services that helps families identify early childhood providers who demonstrate a commitment to quality care. Step Up to Quality programs go beyond what is required because they strive to do better for their children’s and families’ futures. The type of child care you choose for your child can have a big impact on their future. Early learning builds the foundation for skills needed in school, work and life, with 90 percent of brain development occurring before age 5.

Step Up to Quality is not a typical rating system — it’s a path. Whether a child care provider is at Step 1 or Step 5, they are making a statement: that they want to be the best they can be for the benefit of their children and families.  Programs are rated based on meeting quality standards, which are described in the next section.

  • Step 5 – Far exceeds quality standards
  • Step 4 – Exceeds quality standards  << Kids Can is currently at Step 4
  • Step 3 – Meets quality standards
  • Step 2 – Approaching quality standards
  • Step 1 – Committed to quality improvement

You can learn more about Step Up To Quality, including a listing of participating childcare centers, by clicking this link.

 

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