Early Childhood Education Professional Development Programs

2020 Training Dates

Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team is pleased to offer live, interactive, online professional development opportunities throughout the months of April and May. These classes will be FREE, as we do our part to support our communities during this unprecedented time. All classes offer NDE APPROVED in-service hours!


Date | Time Topic Description Cost | Hours Contact
Dates TBD
8 session series
Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME)

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

This fall, we will be offering CHIME for FREE to early childhood educators that work with children ages 3 – 6 in child care centers or preschool settings, as part of a research project about the effectiveness of the program.

Please click here to complete this quick form to let us know you are interested in participating in CHIME.

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Click here for information about research data collection.

Presented by Leanne Manning and Lynn DeVries
FREE | 16.0 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Wednesday, September 23rd
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Supporting Teachers to Embrace Children’s Challenging Behaviors (For Directors/Supervisors/Admin) Early Childhood educators face a variety of challenging behaviors in their work with young children. Directors and supervisors can support their teachers with these challenges through coaching and reflection. This class is perfect for directors, administrators and supervisors who are interested in learning how to support and grow their team through coaching.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Jaci Foged and Katie Krause
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Thursday, October 1st
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
What CAN you do about Challenging Behaviors? Having a child who has behaviors that are difficult to handles causes stress for you, the child, and the other children in your program. This session will help you understand these behaviors and give you practical strategies can use right away.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Jaci Foged and Katie Krause
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Monday, October 5th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids - The Early Childhood Asian Culture and its Similarities to the United States Let us take a peek into raising a child in Asia. We will explore the culture and customs of Asian families and see how we can intertwine the culture into our early childhood center or home.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
Presented by LaDonna Werth/Lisa Poppe, Jian Chen
FREE | 1.0 hrs. Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Thursday, October 8th
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Children with Autism and Special Needs This professional development opportunity will focus on introducing attendees to the topic of supporting young children with autism and other special needs in home or center childcare settings. Attendees should prepare to discuss challenges they have experienced in their settings.
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Johanna Taylor
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Wednesday, October 14th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Responsive Routines and Environments Promoting Social Emotional Competence is key to children’s success in school and life. In this training, we will discuss how to support young children’s social emotional development through the schedules, routines, and environments that we create for them while they are in childcare.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Jaci Foged and Katie Krause
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Thursday, October 15th
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Supporting Children with Autism and Special Needs During Transitions This professional development opportunity will focus on providing attendees with an understanding of strategies to support children with autism and special needs during transitions to and from home to childcare and during daily activities in the childcare setting. Attendees should prepare to discuss challenges they have experienced in their settings.
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Johanna Taylor
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Wednesday, October 21st
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Helping Children Cope with Crises & Helping Caregivers Recover: Self-Care This training includes 2 parts 1) Helping Children Cope with Crises and 2) Helping Caregivers Recover: Self-Care. These trainings are linked because children’s reactions are linked to how their caregivers respond and recover from a crisis. Teachers, childcare providers and volunteers working with children following a disaster can be overwhelmed by the emotional toll that a disaster takes on the children they serve, their staff, as well as their own personal lives. While many of those who work with children on a daily basis are experts in supporting children through stressful times, it can be very challenging to support children after a community-wide emergency. This course was designed to help equip child-serving professionals with tools to take care of children and themselves.
Register here for the 6:30 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 2.0 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Wednesday, October 28th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Extreme Makeover – Classroom Edition! During this training, participants evaluation their classroom design, layout and schedule to determine ways to make the room more child centered and developmentally appropriate.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Monday, November 2th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids - Lights, Camera, Teach! Key Features of Anti-Bias and Culturally Relevant Education This interactive presentation will engage participants in exploring key features and strategies in implementing anti-bias and culturally relevant teaching for young children.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
Presented by LaDonna Werth/Lisa Poppe, Tonia Durden
FREE | 1.0 hrs.Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Thursday, November 5th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Show me the Money!! Finding and writing grants for your program Money is always tight in early childhood settings, now more than ever. During this class we will share ways to find grants and funds to make your ideas into reality, and tips on how to write a proposal that will get funded.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Tuesday, November 10th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
We are Brain Builders Why is it important to understand early brain development? Because what happens during the early years is crucially important for children’s development. This is a time of great opportunity, but also when children are vulnerable to negative influences. Parents, childcare teachers, schools and communities each play a role in the developing child’s brain. At this workshop, participants will learn what shapes the brain and how they can help facilitate strong neural connections with the children in their care.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Jaci Foged and Katie Krause
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Monday, December 7th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids Keeping Kids Safe Young children are at high risk for food-borne illnesses. Early childhood professionals can help protect children by following proper food handling practices. Learn the latest information on keeping children healthy with safe storing, preparing, and serving of foods.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
Presented by LaDonna Werth/Lisa Poppe, Carol Schwarz, Cami Wells
FREE | 1.0 hrs. Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Wednesday, December 9th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Block Party Blocks are wonderful open-ended play material for children of all ages. We will explore the valuable learning opportunities that come from playing with blocks, and we will spend time exploring a variety of different types of blocks.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Jaci Foged and Katie Krause
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Monday, January 11th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids - Serve and Return: Play with Babies Promotes Their Early Learning Participant in this hour-long session to learn about the importance of serve and return and how these important interactions foster young children's learning and development. Participants will also learn some key ways to engage in serve and return interactions during everyday moments.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
LaDonna Werth/Lisa Poppe, Holly Hatton Bowers
FREE | 1.0 hrs. Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Monday, February 1st
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids Blocks as a Learning Tool Block play is so important to children's social-emotional development and also teaches them problem-solving skills, math, engineering, and creative thinking. We will dive into the top reasons block play is so necessary in your home or center.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
LaDonna Werth and Lisa Poppe
FREE | 1.0 hrs. Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Monday, March 1st
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fit and Healthy Kids - Let Them Make A Mess: Play Experiences This presentation will give you ideas to help foster those play experiences and will be interactive to help you build your resources and creativity when thinking about play.
Register at http://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids.
LaDonna Werth/Lisa Poppe, Audrey Rider
FREE | 1.0 hrs. Cami Wells - cwells2@unl.edu
Coming in 2021!
  • Indoor and Outdoor Activities for Children in the Winter
  • Seeds of Compassion: Embracing a Growth Mindset
  • Animal Adaptations: Teaching about Wild Animals
  • Connecting Animals and Children: How Animals Can Help with Social-Emotional Skill Development
  • Helping Children Cope with Crises
  • Look Who’s Hatching
  • Gardening with Young Children
  • Free Forest School – Letting kids be kids, outdoors!
  • Planning Summer Experiences for Young Children; combining fun and learning
  • Mindful Self-Care
  • Outdoor Learning Environments
  • Intergenerational Connections
  • Loose Parts
Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu



Early Childhood Development training is held at the Nebraska Extension Office in Douglas-Sarpy Counties at 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha, NE 68124. A minimal class fee is charged to cover costs. Preregistration is strongly recommended, due to small class sizes.

Classes are held at the Douglas County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124. For more information or to register for a class, contact Katie Krause at (402) 444-3338, katie.krause@unl.edu, or fill out and submit the form below.

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