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The Early Childhood Team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives providing information and resources about early child development. Adults play a significant role in setting the stage for young children's lifelong learning, discovery and success.

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Jaci Foged, Extension Educator

Jaci is an Extension Educator on the Early Childhood Team serving Cass, Lancaster, and Otoe Counties. Jaci holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University in Crete, Neb. Jaci provides training to childcare providers and families in the Southeast area of Nebraska. Since the fall of 2000, Jaci has been working with children birth to 8 years of age, including eight years of center-based childcare director experience.

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Upcoming Nebraska Extension Trainings

Nebraska Extension teaches several early childhood development classes for child care providers. For additional information or to sign up, contact Jaci Foged at 402-441-7180 or email

Jaci Foged and the Early Childhood Team is currently offering a variety of free or low-cost VIRTUAL trainings for childcare providers. Visit 2021 Training Dates for details and to sign up!

List of All Statewide Trainings

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Statewide Resources Jaci Foged Contributes To

The Learning Child Blog — Nebraska Extension's blog to empower parents and childcare providers through research-based resources.

Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) — Nebraska Extension's program teaches childcare providers how to incorporate mindfulness into your teaching and caregiving.

Look Who's Hatching — Nebraska Extension's program guides early childhood teachers through the process of hatching chicken eggs.

Read for Resilience — Nebraska Extension's program to help children heal after experiencing a major stressor, disaster, loss and/or grief.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care — A collaboration of several organizations, including Nebraska Extension, Go NAP SACC walks child care providers through five simple steps to make healthy changes to their program.

A Beautiful Day — University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences' virtual early childhood space to share ideas, to foster learning and play.

Choosing Quality Childcare — Nebraska Extension's resources to help you and your family make the best choice for your family.

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Other Statewide Resources

Co-Parenting for Successful Kids online course — Nebraska Extension's class for anyone who is in the process of divorce, custody modification or separation (available in English and Spanish).

Eat Family Style @ Home — University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences' tips, recipes and activities to create memorable mealtimes.

Learning Begins at Birth parent guide — Nebraska Dept. of Education and Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services' resource booklet with information on child development and more (available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese).

The Right Place child care finder — Nebraska Health and Human Services' online Nebraska Resource and Referral System.

Step Up to Quality — Nebraska Dept. of Education's program to help great child care providers become even better.

Rooted in Relationships — Nebraska Children and Families Foundation's initiative that partners with communities to enhance social-emotional development of children.

Prosper Lincoln — Lincoln Community Foundation's community-wide initiative for positive change.

The online trainings have been such a blessing and great resource!

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