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Publications and Documents

A number of publications are available for purchase or free download from the Office of Early Childhood.

Ready for Success: What Families Want to Know about Starting School

A discussion of questions commonly asked about kindergarten. This booklet is especially useful for parents and others interested in best practices in the early years of school.
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Connecting the World's Children to Nature: Call to Action, 2008

Connecting the World's Children to Nature: Call to Action, no charge

Core Competencies

Core knowledge and core competencies are what adults who work with children need to know, understand, and be able to do to support children's development and school readiness. They provide a broad categorization of knowledge and skills that apply across all roles in the early care and education field. Nebraska's Core Competencies are voluntary.

Nebraska's Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
Nebraska's School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies

Early Childhood Education Grant Report, Ages 3-5

Early Childhood Education Grant Program, Ages 3-5, 2009-2010 State Report, 2011, no charge to download

Early Learning Guidelines

This exciting new resource is available to assist early childhood caregivers/teachers, parents and other adults with information about supporting the learning and development of young children. (Nebraska Department of Education) $5.00 per copy; no charge to download.
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Ages Birth to 3, English, 2005
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Ages Birth to 3, Spanish, 2005
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Ages 3 to 5, English, 2005
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Ages 3 to 5, Spanish, 2005
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for Kindergarten: Language and Literacy, 2010
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for Kindergarten: Mathematics, 2010
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines, Nature Supplement, 2009
Order Form: Early Learning Guidelines, Ages Birth to 3, English and Spanish
Order Form: Early Learning Guidelines, Ages 3 to 5, English and Spanish

First Connections with Families

This booklet contains information about child development, reading to your child, and child health and safety. (Nebraska Department of Education). Single copies are free; 2 or more copies are $1.00 each. No charge to download.
First Connections with Families, English, 2003
First Connections with Families, Spanish, 2003
Order Form: First Connections with Families

Kindergarten Position Statement

Kindergarten for the 21st Century: Kindergarten Position Statement, May 2010, no charge to download.

Kindergarten for the 21st Century: Kindergarten Position Statement, Executive Summary, May 2010, no charge to download.

Nebraska Career Advising Guide

The Nebraska Career Advising Guide was created to help in making educational and career decisions. It offers brief explanations of the options for professional development in the early childhood field in Nebraska. It is for individuals seeking to grow in their own professional skills, as well as for those who advise others. 2010. No charge to download.

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Study

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Study, 2005
Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Report Summary, 2005
No charge to download.

Planning the Use of Time in Kindergarten

A brief discussion, including charts, of time-related issues in full- and half-day kindergarten programs. (Nebraska Department of Education)
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The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland

A comprehensive 650-page curriculum framework designed to assist local educators in developing challenging learning environments for kindergarten/primary-age children. This publication is no longer available in hard copy, but is available as a PDF download.

Resource Documents for Practitioners: Functional IFSPs/IEPs

The technical assistance documents listed below can be used in the development of functional, participation-based IFSP/IEP outcomes and goals for young children with disabilities, birth to age five, and their families. Documents were jointly produced by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in June, 2008. No charge to download.

Preamble: Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Assessments: Functional Participation-based IEP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Characteristics of Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Meetings: Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Meetings, 2008
References, 2008

PLEASE NOTE: STATE LAW REQUIRES PREPAYMENT

To order copies of Ready for Success or the Early Learning Guidelines, or First Connections with Families, contact:
Tammi Hicken
Nebraska Department of Education
Office of Early Childhood
301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68509

To order copies of the Core Competencies, contact:
Terry Rohren
NDE Early Childhood Training Center
6949 S. 110th Street
Omaha, NE 68128