Professional Development

Educational Programs and Professional Development

The Learning Child also 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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The Learning Child team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives by providing information and resources about early child development.


I want to take classes onsite, or I complete the mandatory classes for state licensing, how do I do that? Who’s my local County Extension Educator in my Area?

Extension Educator Contact Information
Find out who’s in your area!
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Contact your local Extension Educator to learn more!

How can I earn approved in-services online?

Nebraska Extension offers online professional development lessons covering a range of early childhood educational topics. Each topic area will provide research-based information and strategies on how you can support the early growth and development of young children.

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I’m interested in signing up for a series. Can I take all of my hours at once? What about a credential?

Enjoy informative and in-depth early childhood professional development designed to support the healthy growth and development of young children and provide innovative learning experiences. Each lesson varies and is priced individually to earn your certificate.

Read more about Learning Child Series and Credentialing
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What other training do you offer? Check out our programs for nutrition, staff development, horticulture, entomology and School-Age youth.

Have a bug that you found on the playground and need it identified? Not sure what to do about the weeds that keep growing on the playground? Wondering if you are up to date on the latest food safety standards? Interested in starting a 4-H club to keep your afterschool kids busy?

Nebraska Extension offers a breadth of resources for early childhood educators, center directors, and provider. We have a highly skilled team ready to assist and work with you to identify what type of training or support will meet your needs

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Did you know our Learning Child Team has Extension Specialists conducting national research studies right here in Nebraska? Learn more about how they are translating research into practice!