Office of Early Childhood

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Our Vision: All young Nebraska children are
secure, healthy, and successful.

The Office of Early Childhood provides leadership, guidance and support to:

  • develop high quality environments for young children;

  • promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight;

  • facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and,

  • provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings.

Activities of the Office of Early Childhood include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, and collaboration among programs and agencies.

The Office of Early Childhood carries out the work of the Early Childhood Training Center, which disseminates an extensive print and media collection of early childhood resources, maintains a comprehensive training calendar, manages a broad array of training opportunities for early childhood personnel and families, and facilitates the state’s integrated early childhood professional development system.

The Office of Early Childhood works jointly with the NDE Office of Special Education and the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), and provides support for the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC).

Early Learning Guidelines Revisions

The Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood, along with several partner agencies, have been working to revise and update one of our core documents for early childhood education (ECE) in Nebraska – The Early Learning Guidelines. While much of the core document remains, we are excited to share many updates to format, language, and content that we hope will make this document more usable for our primary audience – ECE educators in Nebraska. And with all we do, we hope educators will use this information to improve the lives of children and families in our state.

We would like to request feedback from educators and professionals across the state. Please take a moment to review the linked draft of the Early Learning Guidelines and send any feedback/suggestions for edits to Katie Miller at by April 15th, 2018. Katie can also be reached at 402-557-6889. Thank you for your support of early childhood in Nebraska!

Draft Early Learning Guidelines