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National Children’s Coalition (NCC)

National Children’s Coalition (NCC): National Children’s Coalition, was started in Spring 1994 to be a central resource and referral center for information on issues and activities centered around American children and teens. NCC was also established to advocate for a much more substantial and urgent effort to stem the growing crisis of our kids: the epidemic child abuse, the alarming suicide rate among our teens, violence directed at and even by children, AIDS, runaways, domestic violence and latchkey children and a lack of adequate activities and opportunities for youth, particularly in cities

Step Up to Quality

Step Up to Quality: High-quality early childhood programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Step Up to Quality helps early child care providers and educators recognize and improve quality. Programs enrolled in Step Up to Quality have access to coaching and resources that help them on their path to higher quality. These resources enable any provider or educator –– big or small –– to take quality to the next level. Step Up to Quality programs go beyond what is required because they strive to do better for their children and families’ futures.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

Sixpence: The Sixpence Early Learning Fund is Nebraska’s signature effort to put our state’s youngest and most vulnerable children on the path to success in school and life. Sixpence promotes high-quality early care and learning opportunities that help parents guide the healthy development of their infants and toddlers.

Rooted in Relationships: Rooted in Relationships works to improve the social and emotional development of children from birth through age 8 across Nebraska. The initiative builds on the early childhood and child well-being work of Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, targeting specific service systems and partners within communities. Rooted in Relationships is an initiative that partners with communities to implement evidence-based practices that enhance the social-emotional development of children, birth through age 8. One part of this initiative supports communities as they implement the Pyramid Model, a framework of evidence-based practices that promote the social, emotional, and behavioral competence of young children, in selected family childcare homes and childcare centers.  In addition, communities develop and implement a long-range plan that influences the early childhood systems of care in the community and supports the healthy social-emotional development of children.

Beyond School Bells: Beyond School Bells is a network of advocates, helping to raise the profile on the important role Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs play. Our mission is to improve access to and quality of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) by building partnerships, working toward smarter state and local policy, and increasing dialogue about afterschool and summer programs powered by school-community partnerships.

First Five Nebraska

First Five Nebraska: First Five Nebraska is a team of professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in government relations, data analysis and strategic communications. We work to ensure that more of Nebraska's youngest, most vulnerable children begin life with the kinds of developmental experiences that set them on a path to becoming successful students and productive citizens.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Nebraska

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Nebraska: Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded. For over 35 years, Exchange Press has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources.

Nebraska National Association for the Education of Young Children

Nebraska National Association for the Education of Young Children: The Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children, Inc. is a state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Its purpose is to strengthen and support the early childhood community. Nebraska AEYC provides a variety of projects and services. Nebraska AEYC is committed to supporting high quality care and education for young children in Nebraska. We accomplish this through promoting professional development activities, advocating for issues relating to children and families, serving as a resource for local affiliates/chapters and other agencies involved in working with young children, providing information supportive of high quality services and providing networking opportunities for early childhood professionals throughout the state.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three: ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. ZERO TO THREE has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers.

Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive!: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.

Nebraska Early Development Network

Nebraska Early Development Network: Nebraska’s Early Development Network is a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Departments of Education and the Health & Human Services to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The Early Development Network (EDN) provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. These services are designed to act on what families think is important for their child and family. Friendly, supportive people who listen to and respect families staff the Network. The Network also can connect families with other families who have had similar experiences. The goal of the Early Development Network is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child's disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child's development.

Training Center

Training Center: The Early Childhood Training Center, part of the Nebraska Department of Education's Office of Early Childhood, provides the state leadership for the Early Learning Connection, Nebraska's early childhood professional development system. Together with the seven regional Early Learning Connection partnerships, an array of professional development options are accessible to early childhood teachers and caregivers from child care, Head Start, school-based early learning programs, to parents, child development experts, those who teach teachers and others who touch children's and families' lives.

Resource and Referral

Resource and Referral: The Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS) is a statewide database created with input from Nebraska Families, service providers and organizations. The NRRS provides 1-800 numbers as well as web sites and email contacts to help you connect faster to the services you are seeking. This database provides individuals the opportunity to have a real choice in the diverse selection of service providers by allowing users to more easily locate and compare services of local and state agencies.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
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