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

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.

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Updated November 4, 2019 9:05am