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Early Childhood Training Center

Elevating Excellence in Early Childhood: Your Path to Professional Growth and Impact

Helpful Links for Early Childhood Educators

Explore the tiles below to learn more about the professional development opportunities and resources available to Nebraska’s early childhood educators.

Discover & Enroll in Training

Explore the NECPRS training calendar, your all-in-one destination for discovering and enrolling in approved early childhood training. Utilize the search bar and filters within the calendar to easily locate and enroll in the training options that interest you.

School Readiness Tax Credits

The School Readiness Tax Credits for Nebraska’s child care programs and their staff are back and better than ever for the 2024 tax year! Discover more about eligibility criteria, application opening dates, and potential earnings on the Step Up to Quality website!

Limited-Time Free Training

The Nebraska Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are working in partnership to provide free training for Nebraska’s early childhood educators using funding made available through child care pandemic relief funds (ARPA) beginning June 1, 2023, while funding is available or until May 31, 2024.

Child Care Launch Resources

In Nebraska, providing child care services to four or more children from different families requires licensing through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. We have put together information to help guide you as you begin the process of launching your child care business.

Pre-Service Training Plan

In Nebraska, anyone who provides care to four or more children from different families must be licensed as a child care provider through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). We’ve developed the Pre-Service Training Plan for child care directors and teachers who do not meet the DHHS licensing qualifications.

Download our guidance document for instructions, tips, and helpful contacts to assist you along the way. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

Nebraska Early Learning Library

Discover the ultimate resource for Nebraska’s early childhood educators. Our extensive collection includes thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, scientific journals, assessments, and curriculum materials to support early childhood development. Explore our wide range of topics and find the ideal resource to foster growth in your classroom.

Browse our resources from your phone and reserve your favorites for convenient in-person pickup or direct shipment to your doorstep.

Online Early Childhood Courses

The NDE Learning Network offers a catalogue of online training and coursework that cover a variety of early care and education topics. These courses are a great way to earn in-service hours in a convenient online setting that allows users to work at their own pace. Courses range from $0-$25 and many are available in both English and Spanish. Watch our tutorial series for help getting started!

Automatically Accepted Training

The Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood maintains a list of high quality trainings delivered by outside organizations. These trainings are automatically accepted for annual in-service or pre-service hours needed to meet DHHS Licensing requirements.


Early Childhood Training Center
6949 S. 110th Street
La Vista, NE 68128-5722
Phone: 402-557-6880
Toll Free: 1-800-892-4453
Fax: 402-557-6890

DHHS Children’s Services Licensing
(800) 600-1289
DHHS Licensing Contact Map
DHHS Licensing website

Updated April 4, 2024 12:50pm