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Early Learning Connection

Nebraska’s Early Learning Connection (ELC) is an integrated system of early childhood professional development. The ELC consists of a statewide hub at the Early Childhood Training Center and seven regional Early Learning Connection partnerships, along with other state and regional partners. It is designed as a system that supports the career and professional development of all who provide programs and services for young children birth through age eight that includes:

  • Professional development for early childhood and school-age;
  • Supports for implementation utilizing early childhood coaches;
  • Program quality assessments – Environment Rating Scale (ERS) assessments for early learning;
  • Strategic planning with higher education (2-yr and 4-yr.) and other adult learning organizations;
  • Community engagement and outreach.

Elements of the Early Learning Connection professional development system to support a well-qualified and skilled workforce across a range of programs and services include:

The Early Learning Connection is supported with resources from the federal Child Care and Development Fund, IDEA Part C, IDEA Part B-619 and other public and private funding.


Early Learning Connection Partnerships

ELC map

CENTRAL EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
ROXANNE VIPOND
Educational Service Unit #10
P.O. Box 850
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: 308-237-5927, Ext. 286
Fax: 308-237-5920
rvipond@esu10.org

PANHANDLE EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
NORA ROBINSON
Educational Service Unit #13
1114 Toledo Street
Sidney, NE 69162
Phone: 308-254-4677
nrobinson@esu13.org

EARLY LEARNING CONNECTION
OMAHA REGION

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
JENNIFER HAGGART
Educational Service Unit #3
6949 South 110th Street
LaVista, NE 68128
Phone: 402-597-4991
Fax: 402-597-4811
jhaggart@esu3.org

PLATTE VALLEY EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
ANGEL MAYBERRY
Educational Service Unit #7
2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: 402-564-5753
Fax: 402-563-1121
amayberry@esu7.org

HIGH PLAINS EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
AMY RICHARDS
Educational Service Unit #16
314 West 1st Street, Box 915
Ogallala, NE 69153
Phone:  308-284-8481 or
308-289-6109
Fax: 308-284-8483
arichards@esusixteen.org

SOUTHEAST EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
CARA SMALL

Educational Service Unit #6
210 5th Street
Milford, NE 68405
Phone: 402-761-3341
csmall@esu6.org

NORTHERN EARLY LEARNING
CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
ERIKA FINK
Educational Service Unit #1
211 Tenth Street
Wakefield, NE 68784
Phone: 402-287-2061
Fax: 402-287-2065
efink@esu1.org