Who We Are
The Nebraska Young Child Institute (NYCI) is a state-wide conference for multidisciplinary professionals to connect on issues to improve the outcomes of young children. NYCI takes place every two years. The first NYCI was held in 2016.
- Address the needs of young children and their families from prevention to intervention.
- Provide opportunity for cross-sector collaboration so professionals from multiple disciplines can connect, deeply assess, and respond to our communities’ most pressing needs.
Our focus is to improve professional practice by providing the latest information on effective, research-based interventions and quality early childhood programming for our most vulnerable children ages birth to 5 and their families.
We do this by inviting experts from Nebraska and across the country to share related information through over 40 presentations and breakout sessions.
Target focus areas include:
- impact of trauma on the developing child,
- young child development,
- advocating for young children,
- maximizing systems for young children,
- evidence-based practices for at-risk young children, and
- early education.
Our Intended Audience
Anyone wanting to improve the well-being of Nebraska's youngest, such as:
Guardians ad litem
Head Start personnel
Early childhood educators
Medical/health and mental health professionals
NYCI Through the Years In 2016
- In 2016, around 500 people attended.
- In 2018, nearly 600 people attended.
- In 2020, NYCI was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In 2022, over 450 people attended.
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