Join Bright & Early ND Steps 2-4

Are you ready for the next Quality Rating Step? Have you:

Then it is time to start working on your next Step! The Bright & Early ND Quality Rating process is implemented during four cycles, referred to as cohorts. Think of this period as time where you will work with a Coach, learn from other programs, pinpoint your strengths, take training and reach your quality goals! Cohorts are available throughout the year, specific dates and time frames are listed below:

 Participation Application Due:

Cohort Starts:

Cohort Ends: 

Quality Standards Inventory Due:

December 9th

January 1st

September 30th

September 1st

March 9th

April 1st

December 31st

December 1st

June 9th

July 1st

March 31st

March 1st

September 9th

October 1st

June 30th

June 1st

Ready for the next Step?

The Bright & Early ND Participation Application can be submitted at anytime, but are only reviewed four times per year (March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, December 15th). Upon application review, a member of the Bright & Early ND Team will contact you 2 weeks prior to the start of the cohort to inform you of your application status. If accepted into the cohort you will also receive 'next steps' and details about your technical assistance options.


I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Step 1 has no application deadline so you can apply at anytime. Due to the amount of applications that come into our system for Step 2, Step 3 and Step 4, we only process them four times a year. However, this doesn't mean you can't get started. You can work towards your goals anytime and a great place to start is the Professional Development Quality Standards. Check out the Bright & Early ND Playbook to see review the Quality Standards for each Step!

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