Birth-to-Three Educational Endowment

Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund
Sixpence Programs (birth to three)

Research has shown that high quality programming is very important for infants and toddlers development. Knowledgeable workers, the number of children in a group, and the ratio of children to caregivers are all important in developing a quality program.

The Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund, known as Sixpence, requires programs to meet Quality Criteria that ensure children are in settings that will provide maximum benefit for their positive development.

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Sixpence programs are either family engagement, center-based or a combination of the two. They are all operated through a Nebraska school district, the district may be partnering with another program to actually provide the early childhood services.

The fund represents Nebraska’s commitment to meeting the needs of children birth to three in the most critical years of development. It is an innovative public/private venture with the Nebraska Department of Education providing $40 million dollars from the Permanent School Fund and another 20 million dollars raised privately. The programs are administered through the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. Currently funded school districts are in these communities; Alliance, Broken Bow, Crete, Lincoln, Loup City, Macy, Omaha, Plattsmouth, Santee, Walthill, and York.

The Early Childhood Training Center supports infant and toddler practices through links to websites of value, extensive materials available through the media center, identification of membership organizations, training and technical assistance.

For further information on the birth to three Sixpence programs visit


Environment Rating Scales (ERS)

The early childhood care and education field in Nebraska continually strives to improve the quality of programs for young children and their families. The use of environment rating scales is a widely accepted method of evaluating and improving the quality of home- and center-based programs.

Environment Rating Scales is broadly defined and currently includes Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3), Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R).

Training by Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) staff on the Environment Rating Scales is designed for early childhood educators working in Nebraska and is for the purpose of quality program improvement of Nebraska early childhood programs. This training by NDE is not endorsed by the Environment Rating Scale Institute (ERSI) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Staff of the ERSI, and their associates, are the only authorized trainers on the Environment Rating Scales.

2017 Training


ERS Introduction – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
April 1 – Wakefield

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
April 21 – Kearney

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
May 5 – Lincoln

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Item Analysis – ITERS-R
May 9 – La Vista

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Item Analysis – FCCERS-R
May 10 – La Vista

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
May 12 – Ogallala

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Item Analysis – ECERS-3
May 16 – Lincoln

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ERS Introduction – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
June 6 – Scottsbluff

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Practice Using ERS – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
June 7 & 8 – Scottsbluff

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
August 1 – Norfolk

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
August 3 – Webinar

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ERS Introduction – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
August 28 – La Vista

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Practice Using ERS – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
August 29 & 30 – La Vista

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A Closer Look – ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
August 31 – La Vista

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ERS Introduction – ECERS-3, ITERS-R & FCCERS-R
September 8 – North Platte

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
September 8 – Scottsbluff

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
September 15 – La Vista

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
September 22 – Grand Island

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A Closer Look – ECERS-3
October 6 – Columbus

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For more information on this training, contact 800-89-CHILD,or Jenny Fleming at 402-471-4389.

Nebraska Head Start Directors

Head Start State Collaboration Office: Head Start Directors

Jill Bomberger
Head Start Director
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
210 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Business: 402-471-4515 ext. 127
Fax: 402-471-4844
Sharlene Mengel
Early Head Start Director
Salvation Army
3612 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Business: 402-898-5920
Fax: 402-898-7533
Lois Butler
Head Start Director, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
P.O. Box 2288, 114 E 11th Street
Kearney, NE 68848
Business: 308-865-5334
Fax: 308-865-5333
Suzan Obermiller
Early Childhood Programs Director
Central NE Community Services, Inc.
626 N Street, P.O. Box 509
Loup City, NE 68853
Business: 308-745-0780 Ext:123
Fax: 308-745-0824
Angie Antholz
SENCA Head Start Director
802 4th Street, P.O. Box 646
Humboldt, NE 68376
Business: 402-862-2411, ext. 113
Fax: 402-862-2428
Sarah Ochoa
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start
3350 10th Street
Gering, NE 69341
Business: 308-635-3089
Fax: 308-635-0264
Rita Eichelberger
Head Start Administrator
Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership
603 Earl Street/PO Box 667
Pender, NE 68047-0667
Business: 402-385-6300; 800-445-2505
Fax: 385-6310
Julie Prusa
Head Start Director
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 459
Macy, NE 68039
Business: 402-837-4110
Fax: 402-837-5340
Annette Ferando
Head Start Director
Sarpy County Cooperative Head Start
701 Olson Dr., Suite 111
Papillion, NE 68046
Business: 402-339-6592
Fax: 402-339-6738
DeAnn Koerber
Head Start Director
Northwest Community Action Partnership
270 Pine Street
Chadron, NE 69337
Business: 308-432-3393, Ext. 22
Fax: 308-432-4896
Pam Dobrovolny
Cass County Head Start
1912 East Highway 34
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Business: 402-296-5250; Ext. 2619
Fax: 402-296-5202
Deb Ross
Head Start Executive Director
Child & Family Development Program, Inc.
123 Marian Road
Hastings, NE 68901
Business: 402-462-4187 ext.148
Fax: 402-462-4568
Cindy Rasmussen
Head Start Director
2906 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68111
Business: 531-299-9683
Joyce Thomas
Head Start Director
Santee Sioux Nation Head Start
425 Frazier Avenue N, Suite 2
Niobrara, NE 68760
Business: 402-857-3738
Fax: 402-857-2307
Stephanie Knust
Head Start Director
Midland Lutheran College/
Dodge County Head Start
P.O. Box 244
Fremont, NE 68026
Business: 402-721-9022
Fax: 402-721-0504
Shelley Maass
Federal Programs Director
Saunders County Head Start Delegate
2201 North Locust
Wahoo, NE 68066
Business: 402-443-4250
Amy LaPointe
Head Start Director
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 747
Winnebago, NE 68071
Business: 402-878-3228
Fax: 402-878-3228
Tiffany Shonerd
Children Services Director
Blue Valley Community Action Partnership
P.O. Box 273
Fairbury, NE 68352
Business: 402-729-2278 x 317
Fax: 402-729-2801
Peggy LaRose
Early Head Start Director
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 747
Winnebago, NE 68071
Business: 402-878-3228
Fax: 402-878-3228
Jane Happe
Executive Director
Educare of Omaha
2123 Paul Street
Omaha, NE
Business: 402-898-1783
Donna Jenne

Head Start Director

ESU 13

4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Business: 308-635-3696
Fax: 308-635-0680
Carrie Sanderfer

Director Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative

Omaha, NE 68102

Business: 573-200-5954


Head Start State Collaboration Office:
Building and Bridging Systems in Early Care and Education


Together for Kids and Families

ECICC: Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council

NDE: Office of Early Childhood

NET: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

UNL Extension Early Childhood Education

Head Start Service Area Map


Head Start Oral Health Training

Head Start Dental Home Initiative

Head Start Oral Health Training Registration

Head Start Oral Health Training Pre-Test

Head Start Oral Health Training Post-Test

Intro Video

Training Video

For further information, contact Diane Kvasnick at 402-471-0951 or

Announcements & Funding Opportunities

Announcements & Funding Opportunities

HHS Proposes Vision for the Future of Head Start
New Performance Standards (HSPPS)

On June 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services releases New Performance Standards. See the below links for more information.

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HSPPS Proposed Rule

Early Head Start Expansion & Early Head Start Partnership Funding Opportunity

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces approximately $135 million in funding available to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This funding will support the creation of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start (EHS) services to children and families. Applications may come from existing Early Head Start or Head Start Grantees, public entities, including schools, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act.

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Find the Funding Opportunity Announcements

The EHS Expansion and EHS-CC Partnerships funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were posted today, June 23, 2016:

More Information

For general information about applying for the EHS Expansion and EHS-CC Partnerships FOAs, visit the Grant Application Toolkit:

Webinar available to watch on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Grant Application Toolkit under EHS-CC Partnerships.

To learn more about the EHS-CC Partnerships program, visit:

Early Childhood Professional

Training Approval for Early Childhood Providers & Professionals

Training Pathway FAQ Sheet

Pre-Service Training Plans

Post-Secondary Coursework to Annual Training Equivalencies

Independent Study Approval

Training Approval Process

Automatically Accepted ECE Training

Training Calendar

Need in-service hours now? Skip the Independent Study form and take an Online Automatically Accepted ECE Training

Early Childhood Trainer

Training Approval Early Childhood Trainers

Policy & Procedures (Please read before moving forward)

Training Approval Instructions

Training Approval Form

Training Calendar

Organization and Agency Links

Organizations and Agencies

Answers 4 Families is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance. This website is a collection of articles, resources, and referrals organized by target group, including school health, special needs, foster and adoptive families, and medically handicapped children.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services from birth through age eight.

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.



The NDE Office of Early Childhood provides these links as a service to the public and is not responsible for the accuracy or content of the information contained on these sites.