Bright & Early ND Steps to Quality

Bright & Early ND uses a consistent set of quality indicators that are organized into four standards:

  • Health and Safety
  • Space and Materials
  • Activities and Experiences
  • Relationships and Interactions 

Each step focuses on a specific component of care and builds upon the other to deliver a higher level of care.

Step 1 Quality Rated programs provide a safe and healthy environment for children focused on preventing injuries and reducing the spread of germs. Children need to be healthy and feel safe to learn and grow. It’s the first step in preparing children to be ready for school, work, and life.

Step 2 Quality Rated programs continue to meet the requirements of Step 1, and offer a variety of materials to support play and learning experiences for children with different interests and abilities. A child’s work is their play, and having enough of the right materials that are set up in a chosen space encourages children to play. When children develop good play skills, they are better prepared for school, work, and life.

Step 3 Quality Rated programs continue to meet the requirements of Steps 1 and 2, and use an approved curriculum that supports each child’s development and an approved assessment tool to learn about each child’s development. Programs plan learning activities that build upon each child’s strengths and provide opportunities for further growth.

Step 4 Quality Assured programs continue to meet the requirements of Steps 1–3, and have developed warm and supportive relationships with children and between children. They place an emphasis on children’s interests, motivations, and points of view in daily activities and interactions. They facilitate children’s critical thinking and language development through interactions with children.