Professional Development Resources & Opportunities
A free web-based mini-series of training about early childhood development, attachment, and trauma.
Additional Training Opportunities (not directly related to COVID-19, but available online to complete CEU requirements)
• License Required Training
• Distance Learning events
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.
Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood Education, online training opportunities
• First Connections: multifaceted, comprehensive telecommunications project offering education about infants and toddlers to teachers, caregivers, and parents across the state of Nebraska and beyond. First Connections is available at a cost of $25
• School Age Connections: comprehensive, interactive, Internet-based set of modules providing information about working with school-age children. The training is designed to assist providers in the development and implementation of school-age programming for before and after school, during non-school days, and during summer vacation. There 3 modules covering a wide range of topics, and each contains a wealth of information, interactive activities, and a review, as well as links to additional resources. School Age Connections is available at a cost of $10.00 per module.
• Step Up to Quality Orientation: The online orientation is designed to inform participants of the following: The history of Step Up to Quality; Program goals, supports and benefits; Introduction to the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS); and an overview of Steps 1-5.
• Prepare to Care – Health and Safety Training: This training provides a general overview of Nebraska’s health and safety standards. This training is designed for all applicants who are applying for licensure, and their staff as well as all license exempt child care providers who receive subsidy payment.