Foundational

How to Help Our Youngest Children and Their Parents in Court: It's Everyone's Responsibility

Speakers
Judge Douglas Johnson, J.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Ruby 7

Participants will learn the importance and value of a quality Protective Custody Hearing. We will discuss how to implement this hearing through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Enhance Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Abuse & Neglect Cases. Participants will understand why and how the law requires reasonable efforts services and mandatory findings which benefit both child and parent and hold all stakeholders accountable. The first hearing is the responsibility of all involved. It sets the direction and is predictive of the permanency outcome.

Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Early Childhood Professionals: CHIME

Speakers
Jaclynn Foged, M.S. Lynn DeVries, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 10

The CHIME Program provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflection into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being, including reduced stress, improved emotion management, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.

Intended Audience

Teachers and directors.

What is Coaching and Is It for Me?

Speakers
Gina DeFreece Becky Dunlap‐Morton, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 7

Do you frequently hear the term "early childhood coaching" and wonder what it means? OR What does it mean to coach in Early Childhood in Nebraska? Join us for a quick overview to discover how coaching is different from consulting, mentoring, or other technical assistance models. We'll briefly explore the foundations of coaching including adult learning theory, relationships, and approaches to coaching, and you'll leave with a resource outlining the 5 key coaching strategies that support ongoing learning and growth when working with providers, teachers, directors, and parents.

Nebraska Early Childhood Strategic Plan: A Dynamic Plan By and for Nebraskans

Speakers
Susan Sarver, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 6

The Nebraska Early Childhood Strategic Plan is an intentional and dynamic plan for improving the early childhood experiences of children birth through age 8. The strategic plan is based on findings from a comprehensive needs assessment in 2019 and active engagement of stakeholders across the state. The overarching vision is to provide all Nebraska children and their families with access to quality early childhood services that support children's healthy development from birth through age 8.

The Nebraska Family Helpline: It's Not Just for the Teenagers

Speakers
Kyle Kinney, LMHP
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 3

This session will explore family utilization of mental and behavioral health crisis helpline services for their young children in Nebraska, identifying common needs and existing resources while exploring potential gaps in services.

Intended Audience

Caseworkers, attorneys, Guardians ad-litem, CASA, school representatives, Head Start personnel, early childhood professionals, home visiting professionals, mental health professionals, service providers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

Removing Barriers: Collaborating with Interpreters at Work

Speakers
Javier Castellote, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 5

This training is designed to help professionals in the helping fields understand how to work with an interpreter. Participants will learn what the skill of interpretation entails, what is the role of the interpreter in different situations and helpful tips to improve the flow of communication.

Intended Audience

Mental Health Providers, Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, County Attorneys, Education Professionals, Youth Care Agencies, Non-Profit Agencies, Day Care Providers, Church Leaders, and anyone who works with children and families.

Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) in Nebraska

Speakers
Abbie Gustad Christen Million, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 4

Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) is an evidenced-based set of practices based on a belief system (a “philosophy”) about families, children, and helping relationships. The objectives of PIWI are to increase confidence, competence, and positive relationships for parents and children ages 0-36 months. It does so by keeping the parent-child relationship at the center, and by supporting responsive, respectful parent-child interactions. The primary focus of PIWI is parent-child groups, but it may be used in home visitation and other settings.

Early Development Network: Your Guide to Early Intervention Services in Nebraska

Speakers
Sue Bainter, M.A. Jennifer Calahan
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 10

The Early Development Network is Nebraska's early intervention program available to families who have infants and
toddlers with delays or disabilities birth through age 3. Participants will learn:

  1. why early intervention is crucial;
  2. what services and supports are available;
  3. how families can access the program.
Intended Audience

Families, EHS, childcare providers, and home visitors.

Early Childhood & Assistive Technology: Tips & Tools to Support Young Children

Speakers
Kim Bowen Stacey Hauser, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Diamond 8

Do you work with children birth to age 5 in a home-based environment or classroom who are receiving IFSP or IEP services? Do you know what Assistive Technology (AT) is and why it is important for very young children? Do you struggle with how to consider AT or write it into a child's plan if it is needed? Did you know there are supports available to you right here in Nebraska to help you with your AT needs?

Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Early Childhood Professionals: CHIME

Speakers
Jaclynn Foged, M.S. Lynn DeVries, M.S
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 10

The CHIME Program provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflection into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being, including reduced stress, improved emotion management, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.

Intended Audience

Teachers and directors.