Data Coalition

Nebraska Early Childhood Data Coalition

The Nebraska Early Childhood Data Coalition is an outgrowth of several efforts across the state of Nebraska, including the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems project Together for Kids & Families in partnership with the Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office along with other key partners and stakeholders. The Coalition, launched in 2009, is a unique blend of interests, both public and private, that serves as a vehicle to explore aspects of early childhood data collections, processes, and reporting in an attempt to connect and develop a comprehensive early childhood data system.

Participating stakeholders include: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Voices for Children in Nebraska, Together for Kids & Families Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lifespan Health Services; Nebraska Department of Education Office of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Training Center; Child, Youth and Family Studies at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute; Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office.

I. General Purpose

The purpose of this Coalition is to:

  • establish a coalition of key stakeholders regarding early childhood specific data across Nebraska;
  • enhance collaboration regarding data through clearly defined policies and procedures;
  • explore the potential for a comprehensive early childhood data system.

II. Introduction

Various early childhood data are available among numerous private and public-funded local, state, and national early childhood organizations and programs. A process for identifying, collecting, reviewing, monitoring, and reporting these data is needed to inform continuous program improvement and increase access to high quality early childhood programs and services. Early childhood policy discussions and decision-making may be supported by access to comprehensive data systems and reporting mechanisms. The current system for data collection and reporting among early childhood programs and services is fragmented and subject to regulations and restrictions. A venue is needed to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of available data and to increase knowledge of relevant data sets and systems, the meaning and interactions thereof.

III. Scope of Agreement

The participating stakeholders agree to the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Articulate and agree to follow a set of data business rules and ethical guiding principles that meet and follow local, state, federal regulations as appropriate
  • Outcome 2: Map data systems on a biennial basis
  • Outcome 3: Identify and select indicators and outcomes for joint and individual purposes
  • Outcome 4: Collect, analyze, and report data on identified indicators and outcomes (or otherwise determined by the Coalition)


For more information please contact Helen Raikes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, at

Core Competencies

Nebraska’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

What Are Core Competencies/What is Core Knowledge?

Core Knowledge and Core Competencies are what all 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

The competencies, skills, and levels described are voluntary for those working in the early care and education field. Program directors, teachers, family child care home providers and others are encouraged to use Nebraska’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals as they find helpful.

Relationship Between Early Learning Guidelines and Core Competencies

Nebraska developed voluntary Early Learning Guidelines for children ages birth to three and for children ages three to five. The Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines were developed to describe what children need to learn and be able to do and how adults can support that learning. The Early Learning Guidelines is a resource to assist adults working in early childhood in their planning of meaningful learning experiences for young children. The Core Competencies are Nebraska’s description of the knowledge and skills adults, who work with children from birth to age five, need to develop over years of experience and/or through a course of study.

Early Learning Guidelines are what children should know, understand, and be able to do.

Core Competencies are what adults who work with children should know, understand, and be able to do to support children in reaching desired outcomes.

Nine areas of knowledge and skill in Nebraska’s Core Competencies

A. Child Growth and Development
B. Health, Safety and Nutrition
C. Learning Environments
D. Planning Learning Experiences and Curriculum
E. Interacting with Children and Providing Guidance to Children
F. Observation, Assessment, and Documentation
G. Partnerships with Families and Communities
H. Professionalism and Leadership
I. Administration, Program Planning and Development

Nebraska’s Core Competencies Resources

Working document of the Core Competencies
Self Assessments
Booklet of level one Core Competencies
Suggested ways for individuals to use the Core Competencies
Suggested ways for programs to use the Core Competencies
Professional Development Plan
Professional Development Record

For more information about Nebraska’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals, contact Melody Hobson.


Nebraska Teacher Education Programs

The following colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in early childhood care and education. Where available, links to the websites have been included. For further information about teacher training, please contact the college or university in which you are interested.

Colleges and universities that offer early childhood education programs are required to meet the NAEYC professional preparation standards. The most recent version of the standards are at:

Chadron State College
1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE 68106-2377
Concordia University
800 N. Columbia Avenue
Seward, NE 68434
Doane College
1014 Boswell Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
Hastings College
710 N. Turner
Hastings, NE 68901
Midland University
900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, NE 68025
Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421
Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney
2504 9th Ave.
Kearney, NE 68849
Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
231 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0234
Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha
Kayser Hall
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE


Community Colleges Offering Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Programs
Offered Through Nebraska Community Colleges

Below is a listing of community colleges in the various regions throughout Nebraska. Links have been included, as available. Contact the college that serves your area for more information about the early childhood programs they offer. Nebraska’s early childhood teacher preparation institutions are also included in the National Directory of Early Childhood Teacher Preparation.

Colleges and universities that offer early childhood education programs are required to meet the NAEYC professional preparation standards. The most recent version of the standards are at:

Central Community College Area

Columbus Campus
4500 63rd Street
P.O. Box 1027
Columbus, NE 68602-1027
(877) 222-0780
Grand Island Campus
3134 W. Highway 34
P.O. Box 4903
Grand Island, NE 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222
(877) 222-0780
Hastings Campus
550 S. Technical Blvd.
P.O. Box 1024
Hastings, NE 68902-1024
(402) 463-9811
(877) 222-0780

Little Priest Tribal College

Little Priest Tribal College
601 E. College Drive P.O. Box 270
Winnebago, NE 68071
(402) 878-2380
(877) 878-2355

Metropolitan Community College Area

Elkhorn Valley Campus
204th & West Dodge Rd.
Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 622-5231
(800) 228-9553
South Omaha Campus
2909 Babe Gomez Ave.
Omaha, NE 68107
(402) 622-5231
(800) 228-9553
Fort Omaha Campus
30th & Fort Streets
Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 622-5231
(800) 228-9553

Mid-Plains Community College Area

North Platte Community College – North Campus

1101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101-3938
(308) 535-3600
(800) 658-4348
North Platte Community College
601 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101-3938
(308) 532-8740
(800) 658-4308
South Campus McCook Community College
1205 East Third
McCook, NE 69001
(308) 345-8100
(800) 658-4348

Nebraska Indian Community College

Santee – West Campus
415 N. River Road Niobrara, NE 68760 (402) 494-2311
South Sioux City – North Campus
2605 1/2 Dakota Ave. So. Sioux City, NE 86776
(402) 494-2311
Macy – South Campus
111 Hwy. 75
Macy, NE 68039
(402) 494-2311


Northeast Community College Area

Northeast Community College
801 E. Benjamin Ave. / P.O. Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0777
(402) 371-2020
(800) 348-9033

Southeast Community College Area

Beatrice Campus

4771 W. Scott Rd.

Beatrice, NE 68310
(402) 228-3468
Lincoln Campus
8800 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68520
(402) 471-3333
Milford Campus

600 State St.

Milford, NE 68405
(402) 761-2131

Western Community College Area

Alliance Campus
1750 Sweetwater Avenue
Alliance, NE 69301
(308) 763-2000
Scottsbluff Campus
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(308) 635-3606
Sidney Campus
371 College Drive
Sidney, NE 69162
(308) 254-5450



Early Childhood Coach Training

Coaching is an interactive process based on a collaborative relationship. It is intentionally designed to promote sustainable growth in the attitudes, skills and knowledge to effectively implement best practices for the optimal development of young children and their families. Through observation, discussion, and reflection the coach promotes the other person’s ability to grow toward identified goals. EC Coaches support early childhood professionals in the implementation of quality early childhood practice.

Guiding principles: The Program Level coach will have an understanding and ability to put into practice and advocate for the following guiding principles in their work.

The use of:

               Maintaining confidentiality

               Culturally and linguistically responsive practice

               Natural learning environment

               Learner focused approach

               Functional and meaningful activities/supports

               Collaborative goal setting

Systems perspective with recognition that change occurs over time and coaches facilitate and anticipate change

For whom is Early Childhood Coach Training intended

Completing the application and first attending Early Childhood Coach training is required to contract for Pyramid Coach or Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) coaching initiatives across the State of Nebraska. Although attending the EC Coach training doesn’t imply coaching opportunities with Pyramid or SUTQ.

For those wishing to pursue a contract through NDE or other agencies; in order to provide quality early childhood coaching supports across varied early childhood settings.

How to apply:

              Download and Complete the Early Childhood Coach Application Form

Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing

The child care licensing web page can be found on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at

As you browse the various pages, you’ll see many great features:

  • Description of licensing process for Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Centers and Preschools
  • Contact information for Child Care Licensing staff
  • Monthly listing of all licensed child care and preschool programs
  • Information about all Specialists and Supervisors and their caseload
  • Monthly Child Care Licensing Report (number of programs and license capacity)
  • The Right Place brochure – A Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care
  • The number of licensed programs and licensing capacity by state and county

You can use the Web site to:

  • Download Family Child Care Home, Child Care Center and Preschool Licensing forms
  • File complaints on-line
  • Link to all Family Child Care Home, Child Care Center and Preschool Regulations
  • E-mail your Child Care Resource Specialist

License Information System

Licensure information displayed on this Web site at: is a true and correct copy of the State of Nebraska licensure database and includes Early Childhood licensure data. This database is updated nightly to reflect any changes. This site provides general information about the license of each Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Center , and Preschool.

This information includes Name on License (Name of Child Care/Preschool Program), Owner/Licensee, Address on License (Address of Child Care /Preschool Program), License Type, License Number, Date of Issuance, License Billing Date, License Status, Effective Date of Status, Reason for License Status, Ages of Children, Hours of Operation, Days of Week Open (Days of Operation), Telephone Number (Child Care /Preschool Program Telephone Number), Disciplinary Action taken against the license.

Online Roster of Licensed Child Care/Preschool Programs

It is now possible to access the roster of licensed child care and preschool program on line. The list is in zip code order and is updated each month. See the roster.

The roster is long, but all programs are in zip code order, starting with the lowest zip code in the state, Within each zip code, the licensed programs are in alpha order. The name, address, phone number, license type, license capacity, days/hours of operation, and license numbers are included. The entire roster or specific pages of the roster can be printed.

Please feel free to copy and distribute this information to the parents of the children you serve. Send question or comments about the Child Care Licensing Web Page, License Information System, or Child Care/Preschool Roster to:

Diane Kvasnicka, Child Care Licensing Administrator
Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509 -4986
Phone: (402) 471-9431
Fax: (402) 471-7763


Child Care Resource and Referral

The NDE Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) is designated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Services, as the statewide coordinator of child care resource and referral. In that capacity, the ECTC holds membership in the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The ECTC also works with other agencies within the state that offer child care resource and referral to extend access of these services to families.

If you have questions about finding child care in Nebraska, contact Dena Johnson, Resource and Referral Assistant, at 1-800-89-CHILD (1-800-892-4453) or 402-557-6886. Dena can help you find information on any of the following topics:

A copy of The Right Place: How to Locate Child Care in Your Area is available upon request.

Child Abuse Prevention Training

Safe with You Training

Safe With You is a training curriculum for child care providers to meet the requirements of the Nebraska State Statute 43-2606. This bill requires licensed child care providers to complete training that "shall be designed to meet the health, safety, and developmental needs of children…and shall include information on sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse and neglect." The Nebraska Department of Education Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC) has developed these workshops in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services. There are three modules to the training.

Safe Sleep for Infants
(1 hour training module)

There are ways to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). As a result of this workshop, child care providers will:

  • Define Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)
  • Discuss how research and statistics change the way we do things
  • Develop prevention strategies and identify information to share with parents
  • Develop a sleep policy and create a plan

Never Shake a Baby – Preventing Abusive Head Trauma
(1 hour training module)

When a baby is shaken, the shaking can cause brain damage, life changing disabilities, and even death. This is a childhood injury that is preventable. As a result of this workshop, child care providers will:

  • Define Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Understand the consequences of shaking a baby
  • List different reasons a baby may be crying
  • Create a personal plan

Power to Protect: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
(2 hour training module)

Child care providers need to know about child abuse and neglect, how to make a report, ways to strengthen families, and how to prevent child abuse in their own child care program. As a result of this workshop, child care providers will:

  • Define child abuse and neglect
  • Identify the physical characteristics of child abuse and neglect
  • Explore cultural issues
  • Know when and how to report
  • Identify ways to reduce the risk

If you would like more information about trainings offered in your area visit the statewide Training Calendar:

For a list of approved Safe With You trainers visit our trainer list:

If you would like to become a Safe With You trainer, please contact Emily Nash at, 402-557-6893, or 1-800-89 CHILD.

CDA Scholarship Project

Child Development Associate Scholarship Project

What is the CDA Scholarship Project?

The CDA Scholarship Project provides individuals working in early childhood care and education programs in Nebraska the opportunity to apply for funds to assist with the costs of achieving a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Funds for this project come from the federal Child Care and Development Fund and may be used for the initial assessment or renewal fees. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Office of Early Childhood administers this project.

What is a CDA?

A Child Development Associate is an individual who has successfully completed a CDA assessment and has been awarded the CDA credential. S/he is able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth within a child development framework.

Who is eligible to apply for scholarship funds?

Anyone working in an early childhood program in Nebraska who has completed the required documentation is eligible to apply for CDA Scholarship funds.

What costs are covered?

The CDA Scholarship Project covers only the fees for the initial CDA assessment and for renewal of a CDA. Individuals are responsible for paying the cost of the CDA application packet. The application packet is available on the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition website at

How do individuals apply for funds?

The NDE Office of Early Childhood accepts applications on a year round basis. Each application will be reviewed by NDE staff. Anyone interested should follow the steps listed below:

  1. Complete all documentation as required in the application packet.
  2. No later than three (3) weeks prior to submitting application materials to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, send an application for a CDA Scholarship to the NDE Office of Early Childhood.
  3. Upon approval, NDE will email a Letter of Authorization to the applicant. This letter provides authorization for the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition to invoice NDE for the appropriate fees. This Letter of Authorization will be valid for 60 days and must be included with the application being sent to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

CDA Scholarship Application

For questions regarding the CDA Scholarship Project, please contact:

Tammi Hicken
Office of Early Childhood
Nebraska Department of Education
Phone: 402-471-3184

CDA Credentialing

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentialing

The Council for Professional Recognition administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. The CDA Program is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards. There are four types of credentials: preschool, infant/toddler, family child care, and home visitor. CDA Candidates must complete 120 hours of formal training, have experience in the appropriate setting, develop a professional (portfolio), distribute and collect parent questionnaires, and be observed by a CDA (Professional Development Specialists). Once the candidate has completed all of the requirements they can apply for a verification visit. The verification visit is conducted by the Professional Development Specialists. The candidate will take an exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center.

Further information is available on the Council for Professional Recognition website

Nebraska CDA Scholarships