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OEC Publications and Documents

Publications and Documents

A number of publications are available for purchase or free download from the Office of Early Childhood.

Connecting the World’s Children to Nature: Call to Action, 2008

Connecting the World’s Children to Nature: Call to Action

Core Competencies

Core knowledge and core competencies are what adults who work with children need to know, understand, and be able to do to support children’s development and school readiness. They provide a broad categorization of knowledge and skills that apply across all roles in the early care and education field. Nebraska’s Core Competencies are voluntary.

Nebraska’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
Nebraska’s School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies

Early Childhood Education Grant Report, Ages 3-5

Early Childhood Education Grant Program, Ages 3-5, 2009-2010 State Report

Early Learning Foundations – Parent Companion to Early Learning Guidelines

Helpful suggestions to provide ways to encourage your child’s growth and development in each of the domains from the Early Learning Guidelines to better prepare them for school.
Early Learning Foundations, English
Early Learning Foundations, Spanish
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Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards

This exciting new resource is available to assist early childhood caregivers/teachers, parents and other adults with information about supporting the learning and development of young children.
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards, English (2018)
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards, Spanish (2018)

Order Form: Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards (2018)

First Connections with Families

This booklet contains information about child development, reading to your child, and child health and safety.
First Connections with Families, English, 2003
First Connections with Families, Spanish, 2003
Order Form: First Connections with Families

Kindergarten Position Statement

Kindergarten for the 21st Century: Kindergarten Position Statement, May 2010

Kindergarten for the 21st Century: Kindergarten Position Statement, Executive Summary, May 2010

Nebraska Career Advising Guide

The Nebraska Career Advising Guide, 2010 was created to help in making educational and career decisions. It offers brief explanations of the options for professional development in the early childhood field in Nebraska. It is for individuals seeking to grow in their own professional skills, as well as for those who advise others.

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Study

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Study, 2005
Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Report Summary, 2005

Planning the Use of Time in Kindergarten

A brief discussion, including charts, of time-related issues in full- and half-day kindergarten programs.
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The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland

A comprehensive 650-page curriculum framework designed to assist local educators in developing challenging learning environments for kindergarten/primary-age children. This publication is no longer available in hard copy, but is available as a PDF download.

Ready for Success: What Families Want to Know about Starting School

A discussion of questions commonly asked about kindergarten. This booklet is especially useful for parents and others interested in best practices in the early years of school.
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Resource Documents for Practitioners: Functional IFSPs/IEPs

The technical assistance documents listed below can be used in the development of functional, participation-based IFSP/IEP outcomes and goals for young children with disabilities, birth to age five, and their families. Documents were jointly produced by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in June, 2008.

Preamble: Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Assessments: Functional Participation-based IEP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Characteristics of Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Outcomes/Goals, 2008
Meetings: Functional Participation-based IFSP/IEP Meetings, 2008
References, 2008

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