Programs for Professionals and Families

The Learning Child Programs for Early Childhood Programs and Families

Nature-Based Learning and Natural Learning Environments

Free Forest School


Block Party

The Learning Child team is pleased to offer our newest program, Block Party

Block Party is a hands-on, engaging program for early childhood educators, families, and children.  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! Block Party is offered as a professional development class for educators, or in partnership with early childhood program, libraries, or other organizations as a family outreach activity. To schedule a Block Party click here or email or contact

Look Who's Hatching

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To sign up for Look Who's Hatching email TLC@UNL.EDU.  This program is available through Nebraska Extension's Learning Child team.  The program is for child care programs and family child care programs with preschool-age children.  The program was piloted in the Summer of 2015 in Douglas and Sarpy counties.  In the summer of 2016, Lancaster county started offering Look Who's Hatching to programs in their area.

Look Who's Hatching starts with the concept of "What could be inside of the eggs?"  The curriculum, which will be available in 2018, guides early childhood teachers through the process of introducing the eggs to the children.  The program lasts approximately four weeks, but depending on the children's interests, the classrooms might explore oviparous (egg-laying) animals for many weeks after the eggs are gone.

Childcare teachers and staff are encouraged to attend a two-hour workshop in the spring to learn more about the program and explore the curriculum.  After attending a workshop, childcare providers can request an incubator and eggs for their classroom.

The current cost to bring this program to your site is $50.  (Currently available in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster counties.  If your program is in another county, please contact us to let us know you are interested!).

 To get an idea about some of the projects that we are going to do in the Look Who's Hatching program, check out our Pinterest page! 

Baby chicks

If you live outside of Nebraska: If you are in another state in the U.S., you can click here to search for your state's Cooperative Extension website.  Many (not all) Extension programs do an embryology program with children and youth. They may be able to help you borrow an incubator, find fertilized eggs, and find homes for the chicks that hatch.  Please feel free to contact us if you need help connecting with your local Extension office.

If you live in Nebraska: If you are interested in having your early childhood class participate in a program with Nebraska Extension's Learning Child Team, please email Katie Krause at or Jaci Foged at

If you live in Douglas and Sarpty counties, please email Katie Krause at You can also click HERE.