Advocacy, News, and Initiatives

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Links for early childhood educators and administrators

Infant and Toddler Care and Development:
Links for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators is a website for parents on a variety of topics that early educators can use as well.

The Brazelton Institute highlights the work of T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. Learn about his work, trainings, and resources that are available for purchase.

The Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, from Florida State University, has a healthy baby home visitation curriculum as well as other resources

Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning supports early childhood positive behavioral supports and intervention strategies. Training modules are available as well as printable social stories.

The Council for Early Childhood Recognition website contains information on the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies is a website for curriculum and assessment information and ordering.

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center is a federal resource that includes resources for early childhood programs and parents.

Early Development Network provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and as it relates to the child’s disability.

Early Head Start is a federally funded program for infants and toddlers with a strong family involvement component. The site also has research findings on program practices.

Healthy Child Care contains information on caring for young children as well as access to previously-published articles.

HighScope website for curriculum and assessment information and ordering.

Introduction to the Special Section on Working with Infants and Toddlers is sponsored by Early Childhood Research and Practice at the University of Illinois.

National Network for Child Care is an informative Extension website, with newsletters, articles, resources, and an e-mail forum.

Ounce of Prevention is dedicated to ensuring that, beginning at birth, children in low-income families can overcome the challenges of poverty and enter kindergarten fully prepared to achieve.

Parents As Teachers is a home visitation program out of Missouri with the mission to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is a nationally-recognized training program and a source for best practice training materials.

Relationship Roots is a resource for training and also has many good resources available for purchase that emphasize healthy social and emotional development.

The Secret Life of the Brain is a PBS website that features information on brain development starting at birth, including history of brain development and 3-D brain anatomy.

The Sixpence Early Learning Fund contains information including a history of the endowment, trustee minutes, a calendar, announcements, and resources. This is specific to Nebraska.

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and an authority on clinical work with infants and young children. His publications about Floortime are popular and practical.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nebraska (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) is a scholarship program for Nebraskans working in the field of early care and education.

Tips for Using Assistive Technology with Young Children. The appropriate use of simple adaptations and/or assistive technology can support inclusion and natural learning opportunities for young children with disabilities. The Tots ‘n Tech Research Institute publishes a newsletter that provides many useful tips on how to adapt everyday materials to enhance the participation of infants and toddlers in a variety of daily activities and routines. Current and past issues are available online.

Zero to Three is a national resource for training, policy and parent resources. This organization works with Early Head Start programs and supports an annual conference.

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Links for parents

Infant and Toddler Care and Development:
Links Especially for Parents

Answers 4 Families supports and connects families that have children with special needs.

Born Learning is a site for parents and caregivers that has a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including developmental stages.

Kids Health includes searchable information on health topics for young children.

Mayo Clinic provides health information.

Parents Action was started by Rob and Michele Reiner in 1997, under the name of I Am Your Child, to raise public awareness about the importance of the child’s early years. I Am Your Child has evolved into Parents’ Action for Children. Low cost materials are available on this site.

PBS Parents contains developmental information about young children as well as ideas for things to do together.

PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Results Matter is a child and family outcomes system designed and implemented in 2005-2006 to improve programs and supports for all young children birth to age five, served by school districts, the Early Development Network, and their partners.


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Nebraska Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NeNACC)

Nature Education for Young Children:
The Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NeNACC)

Nebraska child and family-serving organizations and agencies are working together as a catalyst for change – to realize a vision that all young Nebraska children and their families will have daily opportunities to engage in the natural world. NeNACC embraces the mission of the World Forum’s Nature Action Collaborative for Children: to re-connect children with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature education a sustaining and enriching part of the daily lives of the world’s children.

The NeNACC leadership team members are collaborating to develop nature sites at early childhood programs (homes and centers) and schools and also supporting the use of developmentally appropriate activities and curriculum in these settings. They are promoting nature classrooms and public spaces that lend themselves to family engagement in nature experiences. Information resources are disseminated in support of this work. The team encourages interaction, creative thinking, and action among those who are dedicated to young children’s lives and the responsible stewardship of the earth.

Goals of the NeNACC

  1. Promoting effective practices in nature education for infants, toddlers, pre-school, elementary children and their families/caregivers/teachers.
  2. Developing an interactive networking system to insure informational, fiscal and human resource alignment to support site implementation
  3. Facilitating the linking of stakeholders for the purpose of generating new in-sight and knowledge.

Highlights of the NeNACC

  • The NeNACC partnered with the Nebraska Department of Education, the World Forum- Nature Action Collaborative for Children, and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education to issue, at the international 2008 Working Forum on Nature Education, Call to Action: Reconnecting the World’s Children to Nature.
  • NeNACC is also promoting Connecting Children to Nature, a supplement to the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines. Suggestions for the environment, age-activities, and interaction are highlighted across seven domains of early learning.
  • Websites are maintained by each of the leadership team partners to offer an array of practical ideas, professional development activities, the evidence about children and nature, and many other resources.

The NeNACC Leadership Team

National Arbor Day Foundation
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation
Nature Explore
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center
Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

History of NeNACC

This Nebraska network was initiated in 2006 in response to the Working Forum on Nature Education that was hosted in Nebraska at Arbor Day Farm. The leadership team was inspired to partner for action that would promote the reconnection of young children to their natural world. This work is being done through individual’s volunteer efforts and strategies that attract funding of selected projects. The leadership team continues to explore how they can replicate and sustain the work throughout the state. The leadership team is considering how to effectively engage others in this Nebraska collaborative.

For further information on nature education, contact Linda Bray, training coordinator at the Early Childhood Training Center.

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Outdoor Classroom Sites in Nebraska

Nature Education for Young Children: Using Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Classroom Sites in Nebraska

The Nebraska Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NeNACC) sponsors are partnering to develop Nebraska sites in early childhood programs, elementary schools, or home child care centers that will become part of the national network of Nature Explore Classrooms. These sites are intended to serve as demonstration sites for other programs wishing to use nature as an integral part of children’s daily learning. Visit the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children’s Web site for a complete description of the Nature Explore project and for a listing of Nebraska outdoor classroom sites.

Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood was founded in 2005 in Omaha, and has a long-term goal of developing and operating a multi-state network of nature preschools embedded within small children’s nature centers that stress play-based nature experiences in all their activities. A booklet entitled A Parent’s Guide to Nature Play is available to download.

Montessori Children’s Room in Omaha teaches children the importance of caring for the environment and developing a respect for nature. Each classroom leads out to a beautiful outdoor classroom where children have the opportunity to interact with nature on a daily basis.

Children and Nature in our Parks, located in Gering, Nebraska, is a regional coalition of agencies that promotes quality outdoor educational learning opportunities for students and families utilizing the parks and natural settings of western Nebraska.

For further information on nature education, contact Linda Bray, training coordinator at the Early Childhood Training Center.

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