Early Childhood Classes

The Learning Child provides you affordable, research-based, educational programs and resources. Information in each program is based on research from faculty right here in Nebraska. Our goal is to empower all adults who care for young children by providing high-quality professional development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, discovery, and success. We’re here to help you take what you’ve learned from training and research and put it into practice!

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We offer online training opportunities featuring diverse experts sharing evidence-based practices, resources, ideas, and the latest in research.
The goal is to foster quality early learning experiences for children birth through 8 years old.
Our online training is approved in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.


Fit and Healthy Kids

Need FREE continuing education hours? Don’t want to travel? Pull up a comfortable chair and join us on the web!

These web-based sessions are for Early Childhood Professionals. The classes are offered once a month from October to March. Watch live or a recording up to a week after the live session.

Sessions For October 2020 - March 2021:

  • The Early Childhood Asian Culture and its Similarities to the United States - October 5
  • Lights, Camera, Teach! Key Features of Anti-bias and Culturally Relevant Education - November 2
  • Keeping Kids Safe - December 7
  • Serve and Return: Play with Babies Promotes their Early Learning - January 11
  • Blocks as a Learning Tool - February 1
  • Let them Make a Mess: Play Experiences - March 1

Fit and Healthy Kids Series Web Page: More Information on Each Session, Registration and Frequently Asked Questions:
https://food.unl.edu/fit-and-healthy-kids


On Demand Classes

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We are excited to offer online/on-demand training opportunities featuring diverse experts sharing evidence-based practices, resources, ideas, and the latest in research. Our goal is to foster quality early learning experiences for children birth through 8 years old. Early Childhood classes that fit your time schedule. These classes are designed with you in mind. They are 2 hours of continuing education classes for early childhood professionals that you take at your own pace.

What should I expect during the class:

  • View a short 45 minute video on the topic
  • Answer three questions that are true and false or multiple choice
  • Read a short article that relates to the topic
  • Write a 250-300 word paragraph
  • Complete a short evaluation
  • Receive a certificate
  • You will have up to 30 days from the date you registered to complete the class. You can come and go to the class as your schedule allows.
  • Approved for Childcare Providers continuing education hours in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota.

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Registration link:
https://go.unl.edu/ondemand


Learning Circle Classes

Designing a “Maker Space” in Early Childhood

Maker-Based Learning experiences integrate the STEM content areas: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math with a preschooler’s IMAGINATION!

(8 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_835wuLeDsquZKjH

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Baby STEM Zero to Three

So when does experiential STEM learning begin and how do we teach it? We will explore and create STEM rich activities for Zero to 3 years old.

Three online classes and two homework assignments. (8 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_di29b5bV9wSO3cN

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Fun with Numbers….Leads to Math
(3-5 year olds)

Early childhood teachers can become inspired math teachers-seeing math in children’s literature and everyday routines, communicating their own excitement, and making significant improvements in children’s math learning by understanding the Big Ideas.

Three online classes and two homework assignments. (8 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rzZOfs2nCZS56d

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Your Intentions … As an Early Childhood Educator

When you focus your vision to the things you want to be, do or have, you will attract those things into your Early Childhood professional life.

Three online classes, two homework assignments and 2 coaching sessions. (10 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at:https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9tr4W5xnSgZ94S9

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Be In The Moment With Infants

Infants need our emotional availability to regulate themselves. In this class early childhood professionals will learn strategies to support infants in this critical time of their emotional development and bonding.

Three online classes and two homework assignments. (8 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at:https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tXpG3PQlmHtWUB

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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.

Eight online classes with homework assignments each week. (16 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at:https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dppCVZhEp6VG4t



Engaged Learning Classes

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Helping Children Cope with Crises & Helping Caregivers Recover: Self-Care

The course is designed to help child care providers integrate strategies for helping children cope with crisis into their programs and adapt healthy self-care practices that can help them before, during or after a disaster.

(2 Early Childhood credit hours)

Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at:https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50IdkJBH2VPuDWt

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Block Party

By taking time to play with a variety of blocks, educators and families will develop a better understanding of the multitude of ways children learn by playing with blocks!

Three online classes and two homework assignments. (2 Early Childhood credit hours)


Date: TBA

Flyer: Coming Soon

If this session is full we have a waiting list. Please sign up at:https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9cYNBzYSewqTJP


Face To Face Classes

Due to COVID-19 we can not hold any Face to Face Classes at this time.

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Annual Childcare Professional Conferences

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Fremont Area Child Care Conference

This conference focuses on one main speaker throughout the morning that will give in-depth knowledge and experiences to enhance the childcare provider’s business.

Date: October
Location: Dodge County Extension Office, Fremont
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Contact Person: Lisa Poppe – lpoppe2@unl.edu
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Caring About Kids Conference

This unique and inspiring childcare conference is held in the Sandhill’s of Nebraska. The program focuses on a current issue in childcare each year.  Caring About Kids conference offers 6 hours of face-to-face training and 2 hours of self-determined, hands on, implementation of the program theme. With an option to extend your learning experience over zoom for 2 additional hours. This conference is tailored to your needs.

Date: First Saturday of February
Location: Ainsworth High School, Ainsworth, NE
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Contact Person: LaDonna Werth - lwerth2@unl.edu


State Mandated Classes

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Safe With You

Safe With You is a curriculum for child care providers to meet the requirements of Nebraska State Statutes 43-2606. (Online and Face-to-Face)

  • Power to Protect: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (2 hours)
  • Never Shake a Baby: Preventing Abusive Head Trauma (1hour)
  • ABC’s of Safe Sleep: Reducing Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (1 hour)

Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS)

Training Calendar -

https://necprs.ne.gov/training-public
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Early Learning Guidelines

The Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines are based on research and evidence about child development and practices that result in the best outcomes for young children and provide information related to seven domains or areas of learning and development.

  • Approaches to Learning (6 hours)
  • Creative Arts (6 hours)
  • Health and Physical Development (6 hours)
  • Language and Literacy Development (6 hours)
  • Mathematics (6 hours)
  • Science (6 hours)
  • Social and Emotional Development (6 hours)

Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS)

Training Calendar -

https://necprs.ne.gov/training-public


Other Resources

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Choosing Quality Childcare

This website is designed to help you and your family find several resources to make the best choice for your family. While no two childcare programs are the same, it may be helpful to identify what values, elements, and standards are important and relevant to you and your family regarding the care and education for your young children.

https://child.unl.edu/choosing-quality-child-care

Everyone Plays a P.A.R.T.- Norovirus Control in Child Care Facilities

It is important to clean up bodily fluids safely to avoid spreading illnesses, especially in child care or school settings.

This video is designed to teach staff on the importance of the proper way to clean up bodily fluids to avoid spreading illness.

Video for Barf Bucket:

https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/6322

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Learning Begins at Birth

This booklet is to be given to the parents of each child born in Nebraska to provide information on child development, childcare, how children learn, children's health, services available to children and parents, and any other relevant information.

Children's experiences, interactions, and environments in their first years form the neural foundation on which all future development is built. The stronger that foundation, the more likely children are to lead healthy, productive and successful lives. Learning Begins at Birth contains important information for families as they work to ensure their children have a strong foundation in their early years to help them thrive throughout their lives. Learning begins at birth, and this booklet is a resource to help families as they guide their children's development.

https://learningbeginsatbirth.org/resources/

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Read for Resilience

Caregivers play an important role in young children’s emotional development in addition to helping them cope. Using children’s literature in an interactive way, caregivers can help children heal. Using an engaging format, Read for Resilience may help children better understand their experiences and improve their coping skills.

Free storybook reading guides accompany the books. The guides provide adults with suggested activities and probing questions to help children personally connect with the experiences of the characters in the books.

https://child.unl.edu/read4resilience
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Too Little? Too Much? Just Right?

We have teamed up and developed 30 Facebook posts and video clips in English and Spanish post. These posts promote Early Childhood Development and Brain Development. If you would like to join, our team in promoting these on your social media accounts for FREE please follow the link.


https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/holt-boyd/just-right/

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A Beautiful Day – Virtual Early Childhood Space

A website designed to connect with children and families in Nebraska and across the world. This space is a safe video based platform with no ads to share ideas, foster learning and play, and to support all adults caring for children who are experiencing physical distancing.

https://cehs.unl.edu/abeautifulday/

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Stay Connected as a Family – Celebrate Your Strengths!

Strong families have the ability to manage stress and crisis in their lives in positive, creative ways. There are strengths families use to create positive environments: However, to take care of your family and others, you must first take care of yourself.

go.unl.edu/family-connection

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  • Physical Development Milestones
  • Social and Emotion Development Milestones
  • Guides for Parents and Caregivers
  • Resources
  • Websites

Infant (0-12 months)
Toddler (12-24 months) 
2 and 3 Year Olds
3, 4 and 5 Year Olds

All NebGuides in Youth and Family Subject Area 

Babysitting Curriculum

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For additional statewide programming please visit: 
https://child.unl.edu/professional-development-services-online

 

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ABOUT US

Lisa Poppe
Lisa Poppe

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Lisa is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Burt, Cuming, Dodge, Washington, and Saunders counties. Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree from UNL in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree from UNL in Family & Consumer Science. She focuses on child development and the family. Her favorite topic to teach is the social and emotional well-being of children.
Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.S. Home Economics (Family and Consumer Science/Early Childhood Development) University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Rooted in Relationships coach
  • Early Learning Guidelines trainer
Specialty:
the social and emotional well-being of children
Programs/services offered:
Clover Kids; Go NAP SACC; Co-parenting for Successful Kids; CHIME; Block Party; Fit and Healthy Kids; Building Bridges; Junior Master Gardener; The Pyramid Model; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Learning Guidelines; EAT Family Style Dining; Baby STEM; Fun with Numbers; Maker Space
LaDonna Werth

LaDonna Werth

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LaDonna is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving North Central counties. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education and a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in Education. She holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate. LaDonna focuses on early childhood development and works with schools, teachers, early care and education providers, and families in rural areas of Nebraska. LaDonna has over ten years of experience in developing online classes for early childhood professionals. Her team is known for the Fit and Healthy Kids series for early childhood professionals. Creative in technology and being future-oriented, LaDonna brings research-based information to life in her work. LaDonna loves living the rural life with her family in O’Neill and spending quality time in the warm summer sun on the Missouri River.
Education/certifications:
  • M.A. Education University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • B.S. Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • Nebraska Teaching certificate
Specialty:
online classes for early childhood professionals; Fit and Healthy Kids series for early childhood professionals; Creative in technology
Programs/services offered:
4-H School Enrichment Programming; Clover Kids; CHIME; Block Party; Fit and Healthy Kids; Building Bridges; The Pyramid Model; EAT Family Style Dining; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Safe with You; Baby STEM; Fun with Numbers; Maker Space; Your Intensions As an Early Childhood Educators

Web page designed by Donna Bernt, Holt Boyd Extension