Early Education

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.

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.

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.

IDEA Early Intervention (B‐3) and Preschool Special Education (3‐5): More the Same Than Different

Speakers
Sharon Walsh
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Ruby 6

This session will focus on the principles and IDEA requirements for young children with disabilities and their families. These principles such as individualization, intervention as early as possible, supporting families in helping their child grow and learn, being with peers and rights for families are reflected in the regulatory language under IDEA Part B for children 3 through 5 and Part C for children from birth to three years. The specific requirements for referral, evaluation, eligibility, timelines, IEP/IFSP plan components, natural environments vs. LRE, EI services vs.

CAPTA Referrals: Creating Your Own Narrative to Cultivate Client Relationships

Speakers
Jenna Koperski‐Bohn, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 8

A CAPTA referral comes in and the family is not interested. Why? What can you do? What might you say to the family? Let’s get back to the basics.

Intended Audience

EDN Services Coordinators, EDN providers, and home visitors.

Feeding and Sleeping Issues in Young Children: Strategies to Share with Families

Speakers
Sue Bainter, M.A. Christina Kilgore
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 10

Challenges with feeding or getting a child to sleep can cause stress in a family's day. Home visitors are often asked by
families for ideas about these areas of development. Often, difficulties with eating or sleeping are related to the child's
responses to their sensory environment. Tips and techniques that modify or adjust the infant or toddler's environment or
routine will be shared.

Intended Audience 

Home Visitors and Childcare providers.