Birth to Age 5 Programs

Architectural Design for Early Childhood Programs

Approved Equivalency for Paraeducators

Early Childhood Education Grant Program, Ages Birth to Three (Sixpence)

Early Childhood Education Grant Program, Ages Three to Five

Early Development Network

Early Childhood Program Contacts

Early Childhood Programs: A Guide to Serving Children Birth to Kindergarten Age in Center-based Early Childhood Programs Operated by Public School Districts, Educational Service Units, and their Community Partners

Head Start

NDE Approved Early Childhood Programs

Nebraska Early Childhood Education Career Advising Guide

Special Education

Results Matter in Nebraska

Measuring Results for Young Children and their Families

Results Matter in Nebraska is a child, program, and family outcomes measurement system
designed and implemented to improve programs and supports for all young children birth to age five (B-5) served by districts and their community partners, which may include Head Start and other community early childhood programs.

Districts and ESUs are expected to serve children within inclusive classrooms that represent a full range of abilities and disabilities and the social, linguistic, and economic diversity of families
within the community.

Results Matter is responsive to Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Rule 11–Regulations for the Approval of Prekindergarten Programs Established by School Boards or Educational Service Units and for the Issuance of Early Childhood Education Grants, Rule 51–Regulations and Standards for Special Education Programs, and the federal mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C (birth to age three) and Part B-619 (ages three to five).

Results Matter measures child progress and program quality to accomplish these purposes:
improve experiences, learning, development, and lives of young children birth to age five and
their families; inform program practices; demonstrate program effectiveness; guide the
development of local and state policies and procedures; and, provide data to demonstrate results.

NEW Results Matter Webinars HERE!

Teaching Strategies GOLD™ training is scheduled at several sites in Nebraska to locate visit the Training Calendar

Results Matter provides YouTube videos to support implementation and classroom practices in quick and concise video formats for easy viewing. View the How to Videos here.

For further information about Results Matter in Nebraska, contact Teresa Berube at 402-471-4319 or

Standards and Guidelines

Federal Standards and Guidelines

Head Start Performance Standards
Head Start Early Development and Learning Framework
Title I, Part A, Non-regulatory Guidance for Preschoolers
Office of Special Education: Part C, Non-regulatory Guidance

Nebraska Standards and Guidelines

Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
K-12 Academic Standards
Nebraska’s Early Learning Guidelines
Quality Criteria for Programs Serving Groups of Children
School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies


Rule 11

On November 18, 2015, Governor Ricketts signed Rule 11: Regulations for the Approval of Prekindergarten Programs established by School Boards or Educational Service Units and for the Issuance of Early Childhood Education Grants. The newly revised Rule 11 became effective November 23, 2015. 

NDE will NOT send an additional early childhood program report based on the new regulations, but school district and ESU staff responsible for operating prekindergarten programs should become familiar with the new requirements, as compliance with them is required for 2015-2016 program approval.  

Rule 11


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HSSCO: Head Start State Collaboration Office

Building and Bridging Systems in Early Care and Education

Who Are We?

Head Start-State Collaboration Offices [HSSCO or SCO] are charged with consulting broadly among early care and education systems at the federal, state, and local level. The state Head Start Association is encouraged to be engaged to support and inform state early childhood policies, plans, and processes.

Since Head Start began in 1965, the field of early childhood has grown as the needs of young children and families have also grown. Systems to develop quality programs ultimately support young children in learning and in life. To support these early childhood systems, the federal Head Start offices implemented Collaboration Projects in 1990. Nebraska was one of the first 12 states to pilot a Project and by 1998 all 50 states and two provinces had established State Collaboration Offices. Each governor designates the location of the “HSSCO” within state government or other statewide entity.

Why Do We Exist?


Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low income children;

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services and initiatives and augment Head Start’s capacity to be a partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families;

Facilitate the involvement of Head Start in State Policies, plans processes and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families.

What Do We Do?


In addition to the federal purposes, federal Head Start legislation now requires Collaboration Offices to serve as a resource to local Head Start agencies in their coordination and collaborative efforts. Stronger linkages at the local level can support improvement and quality of early childhood services. Additionally, Collaboration Offices are required to conduct an annual needs assessment to analyze and address these local agency collaboration and coordination needs.
Needs Assessment Report August 2012

The other primary change in the Act [Public Law 110-134], Improving Head Start for School Readiness, Dec. 12, 2007] is a new requirement for the governor of each State “to establish or designate an early childhood education and care advisory council to address issues of collaboration, coordination, alignment, quality and availability of early care and education services.” The body designated by Nebraska’s governor is the existing Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council [ECICC]. The HSSCO director is an appointed member of and reports to this Council.

While Collaboration Offices are now directing more activities to the local Head Start agency, we continue to address the comprehensive early care and education systems issues. We know that changing systems through authentic collaboration takes time and requires intense and intentional dialogue. Our vision is that the face of every young child and their family remain at the center of that dialogue to focus our energy and resources to support and strengthen positive change in early care and education.


Where Are We? How to Find Us

Collaboration Offices can be found in human services agencies, child care resource and referral agencies, public universities, departments of education, governor’s policy research offices, etc. Regardless of the “where,” all Collaboration Offices are charged to assist states in the development of collaborative early childhood initiatives and mechanisms to link Head Start programs with state systems and efforts on behalf of all children and families living in poverty or economic disadvantage.

The Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office is housed in the Office of Early Childhood at the Nebraska Department of Education.

For additional information, contact Joan Luebbers, Head Start Early Childhood Systems Director at the Nebraska Department of Education, at; or by phone 402-471-2463.

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