Early Childhood Workforce
Nebraska has numerous efforts underway to strengthen its professional development system and will accelerate those efforts through this grant.
Early childhood professionals face considerable challenges in operating sustainable programs, managing their career growth and addressing the varying developmental needs of children in their care. Nebraska’s PDG grant will provide coaching and resources to help providers plan and manage their businesses, benefit from shared service arrangements and access other supports enabling them to thrive in a challenging industry. These activities will also focus on strengthening relationships between educators on either side of kindergarten entry to ensure continuity of learning for young children. Activities will inform the Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan about resource gaps, most needed supports and future system enhancements.
Specific Activities and Organizational Leads
- All Our Kin Pilot: Improving Quality of Adult Child Interaction
Piloting the All Our Kin training approach offered to Family Child Care Providers focusing on business operations and improving quality.
Organizational Lead: Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
- Curriculum Alignment and High-Quality Instructional Tools:
Through the Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative the state already provides this support to K-12 educators, which through this grant will expand to the prekindergarten years. The review process will include Step Up to Quality leaders to ensure that the curricula identified can be implemented effectively in a broad set of public and private settings. NDE will also be examining best practices in the alignment of instructional practices across the birth to age eight continuum, specifically in the birth to five years and their connection to kindergarten.
Organizational Lead: Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood
- NAESP Early Childhood Principal Leadership:
The Nebraska Department of Education will partner with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to provide PreK-3 Leadership Academy with learning and mentoring opportunities for principals and early childhood coordinators about best practices in prekindergarten through third grand. This includes partnering with community programs for successful transitions.
Organizational Lead: Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood Education in partnership with NAESP
More information about the Nebraska Chapter of the NAESP
- Administrators' Days Conference:
The Nebraska Department of Education will partner with Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) to offer a session to assist school leaders in learning about, and planning for, implantation of research-based transition practices. Partners will include Head Start and community child care to highlight practices that have been shown to smooth transitions.
Organizational Lead: Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood Education in partnership with NCSA
- Engaging Existing Providers – Coaching Infrastructure:
A collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Children's Rooted in Relationships (RiR) initiative to align coaching systems so that early childhood programs receive streamlined services, that financial resources are used efficiently, and that coaches maintain a high-degree of skill.
Organizational Lead: Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood Education in partnership with Nebraska Children