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2022 & 2023 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.

Questions About Online Early Childhood Training

If you have any questions, issues with registering, or certificate issue please contact tlc@unl.edu

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DateTimeTopicDescriptionCostIn-Service Hours

Various 2023

Ongoing

CHIME

CHIME is an eight-week, interactive training using best practices for providing responsive care. Participants will practice mindfulness in the early childhood setting along with ways to be more responsive and less reactive at work and home.

Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators 

Register: https://go.unl.edu/chime-winter2023

No Cost Various
January 20th and 27th 

9:00 AM - 12:00PM CT

Early Learning Guidelines: Language and Literacy

This workshop provides information to support young children's learning in the domain of language and literacy.

  • Presenter: Erin Kampbell
  • Register by January 13th, 2023
$30 6.0
February 6th 

7:00PM - 8:00PM

Fit and Healthy Kids - Childcare Wellness Panel 

Join Fit and Healthy Kids monthly webinar and listen to a panel experts discuss how childcare providers can support young children's health and wellness. We will cover dental health, immunizations, and hearing and vision. 

To register: https://fitandhealthykids.unl.edu/one-hour-once-month-trainings

No cost thanks to sponsorship 1.0
February 9th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Challenging Behavior Series: Environments

In the second portion of our Challenging Behaviors series we will look at the classroom environment and how we can support appropriate behavior with our environment, which includes not just the physical layout but also the materials and visuals present in the classroom. 

No Cost 1.5
February 15th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Look Who's Hatching

Prepare early childhood educators to utilize Look Who’s Hatching curriculum components and successfully hatch eggs in their program.

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

Presenters: Katie Krause and Hayley Jackson

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No Cost 1.0
February 16th - March 2nd  

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Deep Dive: Approaches to Learning

This class is a series, which will be offered via Zoom on February 16th and March 2nd. There is an optional office hour on February 23rd with Facebook engagement throughout the four weeks. You must attend BOTH classes (February 16 and March 2nd) and complete the required activities to receive a certificate. We are offering the session from 7:00-8:30 pm Central Time.
This workshop "dives deeper" into the Early Learning Guideline: Approaches to Learning.
  • Provide concrete examples of the ways children think.

  • Explore play as a vehicle of learning.

  • Strategize activities that are typical of each stage of play.

  • Describe the social aspects of play.

Presenters: Ingrid Lindal, Katie Krause
This class is offered at no cost to participants due to sponsorship by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Early Learning Connection Coordinators. 4.0
February 23th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Advanced Topics in NBL - Exploring to the Beyond (FCC)

Children in child care settings spend time each day in both indoor and outdoor spaces. The beyond spaces are any of the outdoor spaces that are 'beyond' the playground fence. During this class, we will feature family child care providers who have been taking the children in their care on wonderful adventures to local parks, nature preserves and other natural spaces to support children's play and learning in nature.  This class is geared towards family child care providers, but all are welcome!

  • Presenters: Katie Krause and Family Child Care Based Educators
  • Register
No Cost 1.0
March 2nd

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Advanced Topics in NBL - Exploring to the Beyond (Center based)

Children in child care settings spend time each day in both indoor and outdoor spaces. The beyond spaces are any of the outdoor spaces that are 'beyond' the playground fence. During this class, we will feature educators who work in child care centers and preschool programs who have been taking the children in their care on wonderful adventures to local park to support children's play and learning in nature.  This class is geared towards those working in center-based programs, schools and preschools, but everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Presenters: Katie Krause and Center/Preschool Based Educators
  • Register
No cost thanks to sponsorship. 1.0
March 6th

7:00PM - 8:00PM

Fit and Healthy Kids - Supporting Family Engagement and Connections 

A child’s overall development is strengthened when educators and families work together. In this presentation, we will explore strategies for engagement and connection with children and their families in our care.  This one hour webainrs participants will be able to describe the importance of relationships, effective family engagement strategies and strategies to promote communication between care and home.

To register: https://fitandhealthykids.unl.edu/one-hour-once-month-trainings

No cost thanks to sponsorship. 1.0

March 8th - March 29th

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Deep Dive: Health and Physical Development

This class is a series, which will be offered via Zoom on March 8 and March 29. There is an optional office hour on March 22 with Facebook engagement throughout the four weeks. You must attend BOTH classes (March 8 and March 29) and complete the required actvities to receive a certificate. We are offering the session from 7:00-8:30 pm Central Time.
This workshop "dives deeper" into the Early Learning Guideline: Health and Physical Development.
Participants will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to promote independent and healthy practices in young children.

  • Recognize the stages of movement and posture.

  • Recognize the stages of hand development that are important.


  • Presenter: Erin Kampbell and Amy Napoli
  • Register
This class is offered at no cost to participants due to sponsorship by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Early Learning Connection Coordinators. 4.0
March 9th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Challenging Behavior Series: Transitions and Routines

In the third installment of the Challenging Behaviors series, we will be diving into setting up appropriate transitions and routines to lessen the potential for challenging behaviors. During this class we will examine how we set up transitions throughout the day and thoughtfully look at daily schedules to see what potential tweaks could set our children up for success in our classroom environment. 

No Cost 1.5
March 14th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Emergent Curriculum in the Outdoors

Emergent curriculums and nature-based learning go hand-in-hand. During this class, we will briefly define emergent curriculum and nature-based learning. Participants will explore ways to engage young children in nature through an emergent curriculum, learning in, with and though nature.

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

No Cost 1.5
March 21st - April 11th

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Deep Dive: Language and Literacy 

This class is a series will be offered via Zoom on March 21 and April 11 with an optional office hour on April 4. You must attend BOTH classes to receive a certificate.  We are offering the session from 7:00-8:30 pm Central Time.
This workshop "dives deeper" into the Early Learning Guideline: Language and Literacy.
Participants will:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence literacy.

  • Identify effective techniques for reading with children.

  • Examine the role of the adult in promoting the development of language and literacy skills in children.

  • Identify language and literacy strategies in their own environment.

Presenters: Jackie Steffen, Amy Napoli, Clairebelle Gabas

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This class is offered at no cost to participants due to sponsorship by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Early Learning Connection Coordinators. 4.0
March 30th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Caring Infants 

We are very excited to offer a class on Caring for Infants this spring. Early Childhood Educator, mom and PhD student, Paige Wernick, will help us explore the topic of care and caregiving for infants and help us explore the crucial role adults have in creating communities focused on care.

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

No Cost 1.5
April 12th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Risk Challenge and Safety in the Outdoors

Adults comfort levels with risky play outdoors has a huge influence in how much time children spend outdoors and what types of activities they engage in during that time.  During this class we will discuss the difference between risk and hazard (and how to identify them), talk about the benefits of children challenging themselves and taking risks, and learn how to assess outdoor spaces and activities for risk.

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

No Cost 1.5

April

13th & 20th 

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Early Learning Guidelines Creative Arts 

2 sessions

This workshop provides information to support young children's learning in the domain of creative arts. Participants who attend will explore creativity in early childhood, explore music and visual arts, and understand how to incorporate art into the learning environment. 

$30 6
April 19th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Challenging Behavior Series: Function of Behavior

This session in the Challenging Behaviors series will focus on reframing the way we think about behavior. This session will introduce participants to looking at behavior through the lense of communication and then dive into figuring out the "why" behind the behavior and how this information can help inform educators on the best ways to meet children's needs and lessen the probability of the challenging behavior continuing. 

No Cost 1.5
April 27th - May 18th  7:00PM - 8:30PM

Deep Dive: Creative Arts

This series consists of a live session via Zoom on April 27, faceboook engagement throughout the four weeks, creation of an activity plan, and a live session via Zoom on May 18. There is an optional office hour on May 11.

This workshop "dives deeper" into the Early Learning Guideline: Language and Literacy.
Participants will:
  • Explore creativity and visual arts in early childhood.

  • Support children's discovery and expression through creative arts.

  • Examine creative expression through the process, production, and appreciation of visual art forms

Presenters: Erin Kampbell and Sarah Roberts 
This class is offered at no cost to participants due to sponsorship by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Early Learning Connection Coordinators 4
April 27th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Katie Topic TBD - Paige Reggio TBD

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming class.  We have not finalized the topic yet, but it will be something related to the Reggio Emilia Approach

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

  • Presenter: Katie Krause and Paige Wernick
  • Register
No Cost 1.5
May 8th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Challenging Behavior Series: Support Plans - partnering w/families

The 5th session of the Challenging Behaviors series will highlight the importance of partnering with all families, not just families with children who are exhibiting challenging behavior. This session will dive into the barriers that often exist when partnering with families and identify strategies that can be helpful when building relationships with families in your program. 

No Cost 1.5
May 17th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Topic TBD

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming class.  We haven't figured out the exact topic quite yet, but as soon as we do, we will let you know.  Feel free to share topic suggestions with us on the registration page for this class!

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

No Cost 1.5
May 23rd

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Advanced Topics in NBL

Join us for another 'Advanced Topics in Nature-Based Learning class'.  During this 1.5 hour class, we wil present latest research and ideas on a topic specific to nature-based learning in early childhood education. There will also be ample time for discussion and reflection between class participants.  This class is perfect for anyone that is already implementing some aspects of nature-based learning into their programs. 

No Cost 1.5
June 7th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Connecting with Animals

Many children are naturally drawn to animals. They enjoy learning about them, observing them, caring for them and playing with them. During this class we will talk about ways to support children's connection and engagement with both domestic and wild animals in ways that are safe for children and safe and respectful for the animals.

This class will be recorded for later viewing - everyone that registers will receive the link within 7 - 10 days of the class.

No Cost 1.5
June 12th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Challenging Behavior Series: Disabilities/Delays

The 6th session of the Challenging Behaviors series will focus on typical and atypical child development. We will discuss what to do when a child in your program is suspected of having a delay and how we as educators can best advocate for the needs of the child with all of the various entities we partner with such as the public school system, families, and administration. 

No Cost 1.5