Extension Early Childhood

2021 - 2022 Professional Development Dates

Nebraska Extension’s Early Childhood Team is pleased to be able to offer a variety of on-line classes to meet the needs of the Early Childhood Workforce. If you have any questions, please contact tlc@unl.edu.

Check out all of our Online PD offerings, including On-Demand Classes!

CHIME: Cultivating Healthy Interntional Mindful Educators


Currently offered at no cost to participants (savings of $200) due to the program being sponsored by various grants. Participants have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of the CHIME program and may receive up to $300 in incentives for participation. 

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.

Each class meets weekly for 8 weeks, 16 hours of in-service 

Choose a day that works best for you!

Wednesdays starting September 8th - 12:30 - 2:00pm CT
Tuesdays starting September 14th  - 6:30 - 8:00pm CT
Thursdays starting January 6th - 1:00 - 2:30pm CT
Thursdays starting January 6th - 6:30 - 8:00pm CT
More dates coming this winter and spring!


Email chime@unl.edu for more information.  

Early Childhood Health Outdoors
Bringing nature and outdoor play to every child, every day

Nebraska is honored to have been selected as an expansion state for the Early Childhood Health Outdoors [ECHO] program. 
 We facilitate the creation of nature-based outdoor play settings; provide support and resources for parents, caregivers, and educators to activate these spaces; and advocate for policies to transform outdoor play and learning best practice into common practice. 


Learn more about ECHO HERE, and contact Katie Krause for information about how to get involved in Nebraska or SW Iowa!  Katie.krause@unl.edu


Children Thrive Outside

Join the Challenge!! 

We are creating a community of early childhood educators and families, all working to increase the time you spend outdoors with the children in your care! 

  • Sign up for the challenge and receive a welcome gift!  It's totally FREE!
  • Join our Facebook page to get lots of great ideas for outdoor activities all year round
  • Get access to a variety of resources, supplies, and monthly prize contests for outdoor materials!

Click here to learn more and join the challenge!

The Early Childhood team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives providing information and resources about early child development. Adults play a significant role in setting the stage for young children's lifelong learning, discovery, and success. Our team is committed to working with you to support the development of young children in your care.