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  • As working parents, we may feel conflicted by the time spent away from our children. Are they in good hands? Will they be engaged, not plopped in front of the TV? Are they happy? Do they miss us?  For parents

  • The Nebraska Association of Infant Mental Health, NAIMH, is a diverse group of individuals and organizations that come together regularly to strategize on behalf of infant and early childhood mental health in Nebraska. Eleven members recently met at the Crane

  • Whether you’re a parent, therapist, or caregiver, one thing is for sure: a child’s first relationships matter. Speaking of firsts, on September 16th, 2019, the first Early Childhood Mental Health Community of Practice took place on Nebraska Innovation Campus. This program

  • What celebration doesn’t have a pre-party? In honor of our upcoming Changemakers celebration, we look back in gratitude at our community members that have facilitated positive change for Nebraska’s children and families.  As we look back at these past few months, then

  • “Thrive” is a word we use a lot here at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, especially in October. Our 2019 Changemakers keynote speaker, Michael Bonner said in a recent interview, “I don’t want to survive. I want to thrive.”    During the Young Families Thrive Summit on

  • Where do we begin? September was an incredibly busy, surprise-filled, productive month.  When we say we “thrived,” we mean we shared our mission to form connections, address challenges, and create high-quality early childcare programs.  When we say we “connected” we

  • Nebraska stakeholders; including community organizations, youth practitioners, and young adult leaders; gathered in Omaha for a two-day workshop hosted and facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed. This workshop focused on building the strengths of young people through a

  • “I’d just like to make one thing clear; there is nothing unique about me,” said Jay Wolf. As a third-generation cattle rancher and proponent for excellent early childhood programs, Jay is occasionally seen as a non-traditional supporter. He assures us

  • by Michael Medwick, First Five Nebraska – written for the Preschool Development Grant newsletter Planning for and guiding the early development of young children can be hard—even overwhelming—for many parents. This is particularly true for families with limited resources, or

  • by Lynne Brehm, Rooted in Relationships (Nebraska Children and Families Foundation) and Melody Hobson, Office of Early Childhood Education (Nebraska Department of Education)  “Coaching is an evidence-based adult learning strategy used for interacting with parents and other care providers to

  • by Melody Hobson, Administrator, Office of Early Childhood Education (Nebraska Department of Education) The transition from an early childhood program into kindergarten is one of the most important and meaningful transitions a child and their family can make. Research indicates

  • Earlier this spring, a handful of Omaha middle schoolers earned the opportunity to travel to California to attend Facebook’s Engineer for the Week Achievement Summit at the company’s headquarters. The team of three students came from the Boys & Girls

  • by Amy Mart, Implementation Consultatnt, Buffett Early Childhood Institute Written for the Preschool Development Grant eNewsletter – July 2019 The PDG Needs Assessment will provide an in-depth and comprehensive view the systems that serve Nebraska’s children birth through 5. The

  • by Marti Beard, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation written for the Preschool Development Grant eNewsletter – July 2019 ReadyRosie is an evidence-informed and research-based family engagement and early learning resource. All content is based on a foundation of research that has proven to have

  • by Shannon Cotsoradis, Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative written for the Preschool Development Grant eNewsletter – July 2019 The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is excited to pilot a model established by All Our Kin, a nonprofit organization based in New Haven,

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