Improving Systems to Support Young Children

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:

Bridging the Divide in Early Childhood: Practical Strategies for Collaboration with Community and Families

Speakers
Sara Westerlin, Ed.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 9

Collaboration between families, schools and communities can bring the strength of the home and the expertise of the center or school into a strong working partnership (Berger & Riojas-Cortez, 2016). This session will provide stakeholders with possible barriers to effective communication and collaboration between home and school. Participants will learn practical tips and strategies for building positive relationships with the families and community they serve. These strategies will have practical applications to implement immediately following the session.

Help Me Grow in Nebraska

Speakers
Holly Dingman, M.S. Rick Helweg Lindsay Bartlett
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Ruby 7

An overview on Help Me Grow Nebraska, including a look at the Lincoln/Lancaster County pilot and the plans to bring Help Me Grow statewide.

Intended Audience

Childcare providers, healthcare providers, parents, and caregivers.

Learning Objectives
  • The attendees will have a good overview of Help Me Grow Nebraska and learn who the initiative serves and how to refer children into HMG.

 

Nebraska's Framework and Implementation of Plans of Safe Care

Speakers
Mikayla Wicks
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 6

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was amended by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in 2016. The legislation changed some requirements related to Plans of Safe Care and notification to Child Protective Services. Families falling under the new requirements include infants born with, and identified as being affected by, substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and their affected family or caregivers.

Families Thrive: A Framework for Strengthening Families

Speakers
Alyson Goedken Leslie Baker Sydney Shead
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 2

Join us in a conversation on how the Families Thrive framework can shift mental models in building relationships and working with young children and families. Families Thrive is a multi-generation, evidence informed approach that integrates the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks to strengthen families by enhancing promotive and protective factors.

Youth Homelessness in Nebraska

Speakers
Alexandria Labenz
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 5

This session will provide insight as to what youth and young adult homelessness looks like in Nebraska and how community partners can best access dedicated housing resources and supportive services.

Intended Audience

Community partners who provide direct service or supports to youth and young adults, including parenting or pregnant youth, ages 24 and under.

Constructive Ways to Understand and Communicate the Concept of Bias

Speakers
Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Advanced
Room
Diamond 9

This workshop will provide a much deeper dive into the nature of bias, with a special focus on how and why biases exist, how they are formed, how they impact our behaviors with others (including with the children and families we serve), and ways we may address biases in constructive ways.

Intended Audience

Professionals work with young children or families with young children.