Step 1: Health & Safety

Ready to join? Submit your Step 1 Quality Rating Application!

What is the goal in Step 1?

Provide a safe and healthy environment for children focused on preventing injuries and reducing the spread of germs.

Why is Step 1 important?

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.

How do I show that I meet the Step 1 Quality Standards?

Why should I do Step 1 when I’m already licensed?

  • Gain recognition from parents as a program who is eager to go above and beyond for their child. Your status as a Bright & Early ND Partner is shared with the 6,200 parents searching for child care every year through Child Care Aware of North Dakota®.
  • Earn exclusive Bright & Early ND Partner benefits.

Resources to Help with Step 1