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Announcements & New Items

This is where we share the latest news about what’s going on with early childhood in Nebraska.

Nebraska in Collaboration with EarlyEdU Alliance

We are partnering with the University of Nebraska – Kearney, T.E.A.C.H./Nebraska AEYC, and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute to deliver a set of three EarlyEdU courses to early childhood educators in Nebraska at a very low cost. During the Fall 2019 semester, a cohort of early childhood educators began competency-based online coursework.  The courses can be used for licensing required training hours and toward college credits through UNK. Throughout the courses, students will receive support from an instructor as well as a student advisor. At the end of the courses, students will have the opportunity to explore options for continuing their college coursework in a degree program and can apply to be a part of the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program.

The application for the Spring and Fall 2020 semesters is now open! Learn more and apply.

Revised Automatically Accepted Training List and Requirements

Automatically Accepted Organizations
Automatically Accepted Organizations are those that have been vetted by the Nebraska Department of Education and do not need to go through the training approval process. These trainings need to be accounted for and must be registered on the Nebraska Early Childhood Training Calendar.


The Automatically Accepted process has been revised to consist of three categories, each have specific requirements:

  • Accredited College and Universities
  • Federal and Nebraska State Agencies
  • Identified or Evaluated Organizations


View the revised Automatically Accepted Early Childhood Training List.

Trainings from the 2017-2019 list will be accepted for in-service hours until December 31, 2019.

Results Matter Technical Assistance Document

The 2019-20 Results Matter Technical Assistance Documents are now available!

The Results Matter Technical Assistance Document provides guidance to school districts and Educational Service Units operating an early childhood program. Here’s just a sample of the helpful information found in the TA Document:

  • Program Outcomes
    Details about the observation tools used and the observation process.
  • Family Outcomes
    Descriptions of the tools used to gather information with and from families.
  • Child Outcomes
    Procedures and details for using MyTeachingStrategies GOLD for ongoing child data collection.
  • Contact information for assistance with early childhood topics
  • Maps and calendars to assist in organizing tasks and due dates

Download your copy!

Nebraska’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals


The newly revised Core Competencies are now available!

Core Competencies are what all adults who work with children need to know, understand, and be able to do. Following this voluntary guide will provide practical, usable and reasonable goals to assist early childhood educators in supporting each child’s development and school readiness in any setting or capacity.

Learn more and download your copy.





Early Childhood Education Grants Awarded

New and expansion Early Childhood Education Program Grants will be awarded to 6 public school districts. The purpose of the Early Childhood Education Grant Program is to improve equity of access to early childhood education/prekindergarten programs. Children of diverse characteristics will be served in inclusive environments and will be better prepared to enter school and be successful.


Approximately 120 children are expected to be served in the 2019-2020 school year as a result of this funding.

The following public school districts are recommended to receive an Early Childhood Education grant:

Norfolk Public Schools
Grant Award: $230,464
Number of Classrooms: 2 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 40

Palmer Public Schools
Grant Award: $155,000
Number of Classrooms: 1 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 20

Scottsbluff Public Schools
Grant Award:  $155,000
Number of Classrooms:  1 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 20

Sidney Public Schools
Grant Award:  $155,000
Number of Classrooms:  1 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 20

Stanton Community Schools
Grant Award:  $132,426
Number of Classrooms:  1 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 20

Westside Community Schools
Grant Award: $155,000
Number of Classrooms: 1 full-day
Proposed Number of Children: 20

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.

View the first issue and get subscribed!


Contract Opportunities

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Updated January 21, 2020 9:49am