Virtual and in-person NYCI#2022 attendees are encouraged to view conference exhibitor information by visiting the various exhibitors listed below. Additional resources and videos have also provided:
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Infographic
The science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) shows we can improve people’s lives and help them thrive.
Finding Answers Together: When there is someone in your family with special needs, you may find yourself looking for answers. Answers4Families is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and individuals with special needs, and professionals seeking assistance. This web site is a collection of articles, resources and referrals.
Assistive Technology Partnership
The Assistive Technology Partnership Education (ATP/Ed) Program provides statewide support to IFSP and IEP team members working with children and students with disabilities birth to 21 who are receiving services within school systems.
Council for a Strong America
Improving public safety and the economy through investments in Nebraska's youngest citizens. Members in Nebraska are working to educate lawmakers about the connections between a strong start in life and productivity in adulthood. They want Nebraska's children to grow up to be "citizen-ready" and prepared to succeed.
Early Development Network
The term “early intervention" is important because research shows that the first three years are the most important time for learning in a child's life. Providing developmental supports and services early improves a child's ability to develop and learn. Also, it may prevent or decrease the need for special help later. The goal of early intervention in Nebraska is to “open a window of opportunity” for families to help their children with special needs develop to their full potential.
Evolution of Early Childhood Work
A timeline of the evolution of Early Childhood work.
Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Reaching for Breakthroughs with Science-Based Innovation. The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies and services focused on the early years of life.
Children's Hospital & Medical Center: Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral or educational concerns, then links children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to parents and caregivers.
- WEBSITE: helpmegrownebraska.org
Kids Get You FIRED UP to Start Your Day: 3 Minute Motivation
We all wake up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes. But, these kids know exactly what to say to get you pumped for the day!
The 211 Helpline connects people with programs serving their local area. Dial "2-1-1" or search online.
- WEBSITE: ne211.org/
Nebraska CASA Association
Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA programs in Nebraska recruit, screen, train, and support volunteers who are appointed by judges to advocate for children in foster care.
Nebraska ChildFind provides information to parents, school personnel, and service providers on child development and special education for children from birth (or date of diagnosis) to age 21. ChildFind also helps parents access information on rights and resources to help them advocate for an appropriate education for their child.
- WEBSITE: childfind.nebraska.gov
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports a coordinated system of educational, health, mental health, and social services working with state and community leaders, organizations, providers, and families to offer high-quality early childhood care and education for all Nebraska families.
Nebraska Family Helpline
The Nebraska Family Helpline at (888) 866-8660 makes it easier for families to obtain assistance by providing a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers.
Nebraska Head Start State Collaboration Office - Office of Early Childhood, NDE
The Office of Early Childhood provides leadership, guidance and support to:
- develop high quality environments for young children;
- promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight;
- facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and,
- provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings
Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network
Respite care offers individuals or family members temporary relief from the daily routine and stress that can come with providing ongoing care. Respite can play a critical role in strengthening family stability and maintaining the health of the family caregiver. Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network provides information about Respite care programs and services in Nebraska that may be of assistance to you or your loved one.
- WEBSITE: respite.ne.gov
Nebraska Resource and Referral System
The Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS) Direct Service Database contains information about community agencies and organizations that provide services to Nebraskans. This website is valuable tool, connecting Nebraskans to the services and resources they need via the Internet. The NRRS content staff continuously reviews the site for accuracy and timeliness.
Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children
The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC) works to improve the well-being of maltreated young children and their families in Nebraska. NRPVYC focuses on Early Childhood Mental Health, Reflective Practice, and Court Infusion by providing training programs, communities of practice, evaluation, and project management and support.
- WEBSITE: nebraskababies.com
Nebraska Young Child Institute Conference PowerPoint
This PowerPoint was made available for all conference attendees to view throughout the conference.
- HANDOUT: NYCI#2022 PowerPoint
Start Early: Early Learning Matters
Quality birth-to-five education pays off big time. Watch to learn how.
Step Up to Quality
Step Up to Quality supports all child care and early childhood education programs with supports and resources that improve quality.
- WEBSITE: www.education.ne.gov/stepuptoquality
- HANDOUT: Go NAP SACC Brochure
- HANDOUT: Go NAPSACC for SUTQ Orientations
- HANDOUT: Licensed Childcare PreService Guide Brochure
- HANDOUT: STQ Annual Report Flier
- HANDOUT: STQ Coach Recruitment Flyer 2022 (English) | (Spanish) | (English/Spanish)
- HANDOUT: STQ Parent Brochure
- HANDOUT: STQ Provider Brochure
University of Kearney Counseling, School Psychology and Family Science Department
The Department of Counseling, School Psychology and Family Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney promotes a field-based scientist/practitioner model to prepare culturally competent and compassionate professionals at the graduate level. Our program prepares students to provide service and leadership in school psychology, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and student affairs.
- WEBSITE: www.unk.edu/academics/csp/index.php
We Care for Kids
We Care for Kids is listening to and lifting up the stories of early childhood educators. We Care for Kids wants to help communities better understand and appreciate the essential work you do caring for and educating our youngest Nebraskans, from birth through age eight. What goes into helping children and families thrive, what are your challenges as a professional, what do you need to stay in the profession—what do you want people to know about the power of your work? We Care for Kids works to ensure that all Nebraska families have access to quality early childhood education by building support for the thousands of early childhood educators who help Nebraska.