Announcements & New Items
This is where we share the latest news about what’s going on with early childhood in Nebraska.
Introducing ReadyRosie for School District & Head Start Programs
As part of the Preschool Development Grant, the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and Nebraska Head Start State Collaboration Office is excited to work with Teaching Strategies GOLD to provide school district and Head Start programs the opportunity to promote family engagement through the ReadyRosie birth through third grade family resource tool at no cost for the upcoming school year! This resource utilizes video modeling and mobile technology sent from teachers to parents to provide research-based and standards-aligned content that supports the growth and development outside of the school setting.
Early Childhood Guidance and Considerations
The Launch Nebraska website provides tools, actions, opportunities and resources to support the complex planning and preparation needed by Nebraska school systems as they work to restart schools and support students as they transition back to school buildings.
A section for Early Childhood Guidance and Considerations for returning to District-Operated Early Childhood programs is now live on the site.
Resources for Learning at Home
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Office of Early Childhood is working to ensure that as school districts are making decisions about school closures, young children and their families have the necessary resources to continue the learning process at home. Many school districts are preparing ways for K-12 students to participate in e-learning activities. The NDE Office of Early Childhood wants to consistently send messaging to families that encourages them to support their child’s learning through frequent, authentic interactions with adults and their environment. To support school districts in providing e-learning activities, please consult this guidance from the National P-3 Center to ensure a focus on child development and equity. Furthermore, the NDE Office of Early Childhood has compiled a list of resources for families to support their child’s learning during an extended break from school.
The Preschool Post
The Preschool Post is an e-newsletter that will be sent out bimonthly during the school year (August-May). It is a collaborative effort between the NDE Office of Early Childhood and Office of Special Education, developed to provide educators and administrators with helpful updates, information and technical assistance to continue high-quality early education in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood is recruiting individuals to join a cadre of Step Up to Quality coaches. Coaching is an interactive process based on a collaborative relationship. It is intentionally designed to promote sustainable growth in the attitudes, skills and knowledge to effectively implement best practices for the optimal development of young children and their families. Through observation, discussion, and reflection the coach promotes the other person’s ability to grow toward identified goals. EC Coaches collaborate with administrators, staff, family members, and caregivers who intervene directly with children in group care, early education, and/or home settings. Learn more about the qualifications and how to apply below.
The Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood is recruiting individuals to join a cadre of early childhood professionals to conduct observations for Step Up to Quality in community child care programs, family child care homes, school district programs, Head Start programs and for Results Matter in public school district early childhood programs. Learn more about the qualifications and how to apply below.
Independent Study Reviewer
The Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood is recruiting individuals to review independent study submissions. Learn more about this work, the qualifications and how to apply below.