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How Do We Know When Nebraska’s Children are Kindergarten-Ready?

How do we know when children are ready for kindergarten? The ability to identify letters and numbers and have a working vocabulary are often used as benchmarks, yet these don’t tell the whole story.  Read More

August 24, 2017  |  Posted in General

First Day of School Holds Mixed Feelings for Parents, Kids

Parents' anxiety or apprehension about something easily influences their children through a mechanism early childhood research calls "social referencing." Here are some ideas for parents to consider as they send children off for preschool or kindergarten this month.    Read More

August 17, 2017  |  Posted in General

New Harvard Study to Focus on Formal and Informal Child Care

Harvard University researchers are embarking on a longitudinal study to learn how informal and formal child care environments affect how children learn and grow. Read More

August 10, 2017  |  Posted in Research

Nebraska Law Enforcement Leaders Say Quality Early Learning Can Keep Kids Out of Prison Later

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Douglas County Sheriff Timothy Dunning released a new report on the critical influence quality early learning can have on a child's trajectory, particularly if the child is at risk. A strong start prepares children for success in school and reduces the chance they will drop out and become involved in crime later.  Read More

July 21, 2017  |  Posted in General

Brain Development is Positively or Negatively Influenced by the Quality of Children’s Relationships

Science has demonstrated that children who are repeatedly exposed to adverse childhood experiences face severe developmental impacts. Instead of having children who expect to be well cared for and safe, we have children whose expectations of the world lead them to scan repeatedly for the possibility of danger, leaving their nervous system in a chronic state of alert and flooded with high levels of stress hormones. Read More

July 13, 2017  |  Posted in General

New Research: Screen Time Linked to Delayed Speech Development

The more time children under age 2 spend playing with smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens, the more likely they are to begin talking later, according to research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in May. Read More

July 06, 2017  |  Posted in General Research

The Daddy Factor

Fathers play a unique, powerful role in their children's physical, social-emotional and cognitive development.  Read More

June 15, 2017  |  Posted in General

Online Tool Helps Early Childhood Workers Organize, Access Professional Records

The Nebraska Department of Education developed an online record system to support early childhood workers by housing their professional records in one place that follows them throughout their career, even as they change employers.

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June 08, 2017  |  Posted in General

State Board of Education Awards 2017-18 Early Childhood Grants

The Nebraska State Board of Education approved 11 new and expansion Early Childhood Education Program grants to provide access to high-quality early childhood education for approximately 270 at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds during the 2017-18 school year. Read More

June 02, 2017  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Legislators Adjourn Sine Die

The first session of Nebraska's 105th Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 23, Senators tackled many important issues and introduced nearly 700 bills, but the session was dominated by efforts to achieve a balanced budget despite significant revenue shortfalls. See our report on bills we identified as high-priority during this legislative session. 

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May 24, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation
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