Birth to Age 5 Programs
On November 18, 2015, Governor Ricketts signed Rule 11: Regulations for the Approval of Prekindergarten Programs established by School Boards or Educational Service Units and for the Issuance of Early Childhood Education Grants. The newly revised Rule 11 became effective November 23, 2015.
Results Matter in Nebraska
Measuring Results for Young Children and their Families
Results Matter in Nebraska is a child, program, and family outcomes measurement system designed and implemented to improve programs and supports for all young children birth to age five (B-5) served by districts and their community partners, which may include Head Start and other community early childhood programs.
MyTeaching Strategies GOLD is an observation based assessment that the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) utilizes to assess child outcomes in all birth to age 5 programs that follow Rule 11. GOLD allows for early childhood educators to assess children in their natural environment, through play, to most accurately capture child outcomes.
This section will highlight online resources, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance resources all related to the GOLD assessment.
Teaching Strategies GOLD™ training is scheduled across Nebraska. Training will appear on the Nebraska Early Childhood Training Calendar.
A guide for users and administrators that features a variety of resources related to technical assistance, in-person trainings, and online resources.
The purpose of measuring program outcomes is to ensure that young children participate in a high quality early childhood program that contributes to positive cognitive, social, and health outcomes. The current measurement tools NDE utilizes are ECERS-3 and CLASS.
Resources for Teachers
ECERS-3 Additional Notes
Additional notes of clarification for various items in ECERS-3
Provides table washing procedures, hand washing procedures, playground guidelines and USDA meal guidelines.
Early Childhood Education Grant Program—Ages 3 to 5
The Early Childhood Education Grant Program is intended to support the development of children in the birth to kindergarten age range through the provision of comprehensive center- based programs. In most cases the projects expand and/or combine existing pre-kindergarten programs funded through district, federal, or parent fees, including Head Start. Each project receives funding for up to one-half of the total operating budget of the project per year on a continuing basis, subject to availability of the funds. A public school or an educational service unit is the fiscal agent.
Funded projects are required to operate in compliance with Rule 11: Regulations for the Approval of Prekindergarten Programs established by School Boards or Educational Service Units and for the Issuance of Early Childhood Education Grants. Rule 11 reflects research-based elements of quality early childhood education programs intended to produce strong outcomes for children.
Early Childhood Reports
- Early Childhood Education State Reports (Public Schools and ESUs)
- Early Childhood Grant Program Reports (ages 3-5)
- IDEA, Parts B and C
- State of the Schools Report
- Endowment Report: Sixpence Annual Evaluation Report, 2016-2017
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.