Nebraska Extension’s early childhood education series are 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.
Below you will find a description of each lesson.
Are you ready to explore the true value of emotional literacy in supporting young children’s emotional development? Well we hope to increase your awareness of the kinds of interactions between adults and young children that support enhancing emotional competency. So what is emotional literacy? Well, check out the following lesson to learn what emotional literacy refers to in early childhood education and ways to support young children.
Have you ever grown flowers, vegetables or other plants in a garden? Have the children you work with ever been able to plant a seed and watch it grow into a plant? There are so many great learning opportunities that can come from the experiences of working in a garden. As a result of this training we will be able to determine what kind of garden will work best for your program, you will learn how to integrate gardening activities into the curriculum, and finally, you will discover ways your local Extension office may be able to help you enhance your gardening experiences.
Infant and Toddler Module 1
How do you form close and secure relationships with the children you care for and their families? Do you provide experience’s for children to express their emotions in appropriate ways? Come explore your environment and learn more about ways to support young children's healthy social and emotional growth and development.
Infant and Toddler Module 2
How do infants and toddlers develop emotionally? Emotional relationships play a critical role in their development. Learn how to interact with infants and toddlers to form a lasting relationship that all children need. Check out the following lesson to learn more about ways to support young children's social and emotional growth and development.
Responsive Routines & Environments
We know that supporting children’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development. This lesson will introduce several evidence-based practices and resources taken from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL).
Safe Food Safe Kids
Young children are at high risk for food-borne illnesses. Early childhood professionals can help protect children by following proper food handling practices. Safe storing, preparing, and serving of foods is just as important in child care programs as serving a balanced diet.