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.
Introducing and Feeding Solid Foods to Infants
Do you ever question when or how to start solid foods with infants in your care? What have you heard about beginning solid foods? Why is it important to offer solid foods to infants? This module addresses many of these questions with a focus on starting healthy eating habits at an early age. We also explore the vital role infant feeding plays in starting children on a positive pathway to good health and nutrition. We share information and best practice recommendations from several experts, including registered dietitians, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and pediatricians. At the completion of this module you will be able to discuss why, when, and how to start solid foods.
Sing & Play with Me: Music for the Young Child
There is nothing quite like the glee that comes to a child’s face when musical instruments are passed out during music time. Drums, bells, tambourines, rhythm sticks, all excite children and help them participate in the activity. The experiences children have with music in the classroom stay with them forever. Even if you know little about incorporating music into your classroom, these lessons will help you structure a productive music time. You will learn and practice basic music skills like keeping a steady beat, singing in the appropriate range for young children, and what musical activities are appropriate for young children.
Active Play Everyday!
Prevention of childhood obesity can be addressed in the early childhood years when preferences are established. A positive approach can be that of increasing physical activity everyday! How can we increase physical activity everyday for young children? To do this, it is necessary to understand a bit about how our bodies grow and develop, how body movement and the brain work together, and how, we, as adults, can best teach and provide physical activity opportunities to children in our care.