What is this about?

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. The goal is to address the needs of young children and their families from prevention to intervention. This conference allows time for a cross-sector collaboration to connect on the issues to deeply assess and respond to our communities’ most pressing needs.

What is the Focus?

The Institute will focus on improving 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.  Targeted 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. Additionally, experts from Nebraska and across the country will be sharing related information through over 40 presentations and breakout sessions. 

Who Should Attend?

Judges, county attorneys, caseworkers, parents attorneys, Guardians ad litem, CASA's, EDN providers, Head Start personnel, school representatives, early childhood educators, Home Visitors, medical/health and mental health professionals, Foster Care Review Office, service providers and family members.

How often is the NYCI held?

NYCI is held every two years with 2016 as the inaugural year. In 2016, around 500 people attended. In 2018, nearly 600 people attended. The 2020 NYCI was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, over 450 people attended.