Diamond 6

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.

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.

A Conversation About Transition Planning Across Programs and Settings

Speakers
Chelsea Bartling Holly Hickson, M.A. Marisa Macy, Ph.D. Monica Wells, M. Ed
Audience Level
Intermediary
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 6

Young children experience many transitions, including from home to an early care and education setting, between age groups or program settings, and from preschool to kindergarten. Supporting these transitions for children, families, educators, and service providers is critically important because even positive change can be challenging. Session participants will discuss the importance of transition planning for all involved, while identifying solutions and resources for working through the planning processes.