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Nebraska Extension’s CHIME program: Enhancing childcare professionals' well-being with mindfulness by Jaci Foged, Extension Educator.

Have you ever walked across your classroom and forgotten what you wanted? Have you ever driven to work and not remembered the trip? Has your child or a child in your classroom ever said something you later struggled to recall? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from more presence and focused attention in your life. Learn more about why early childhood teachers should practice mindfulness here.

Just in Time Parenting: Are you expecting your first child? Do you have children or grandchildren? Maybe a teen who is babysitting? Just in Time Parenting newsletters are free - available on-line or sent to your email. Covers 1st trimester to age 5. From our eXtension university partners: View newsletters on-line or subscribe HERE

Texts 4 Teachers! University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension's Texts4Teachers delivers text messages for teachers of children from birth through age 8 that focus on the critical areas of: Child development | Family involvement | Social and emotional development | Health, safety and nutrition | Curriculum and activities CLICK HERE for more details

Teen Drinking - it's time for a heart-to-heart. Consistency | Expectations | Fairness | Authority | Boundries: Resources to help you have a heart-to-heart talk with your teen. Learn more at TalkAboutAlcohol.org
(If you live in Nebraska, and your child or another teen is in need of immediate assistance from an alcohol or drug treatment professional, please contact Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.)

Area Events / Workshops / Conferences:
Upcoming Learning Child Trainings 2019

CHIME (Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators) Program for Childcare Providers provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflective practice into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Register by Jan. 22. Details and Registration Form

  • Introduction to CHIME (must attend this class in order to attend 7 weekly sessions) Wednesday, Jan. 30 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost is $10. 2 in-service hours.
  • 7 Weekly CHIME Sessions (optional, but if attending, must attend all 7 sessions) Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 13, 20 | 6:30–8 p.m. at Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost $70, 14 in-service hours.

Look Who’s Hatching: Exploring Oviparous (Egg Laying) Animals with Young Children Workshop for Preschool Teachers) will review the curriculum from Nebraska Extension, “Look Who’s Hatching,” and learn how to implement the curriculum in your program. Participants will have the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own program for an additional cost. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost is $10. 2 in-service hours. Register by Feb. 19. Register by mailing Registration Form or calling 402-441-7180.

Early Childhood Education Yoga Training for Preschool Teachers and Anyone Interested in Teaching Yoga to Preschool-age Children. Children’s yoga during early childhood can play an important role in helping young children learn self-regulation strategies, enhance their health and can make learning fun. Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost is $30. 6 in-service hours. Lunch will be on your own. Register by Feb. 21 by mailing Registration Form or calling 402-441-7180.

Block Party Training Tuesday, March 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Block Party is a hands-on, engaging workshop for early childhood educators. By taking time to play with a variety of blocks, educators will develop a better understanding of the multitude of ways children learn by playing with blocks. After the workshop, participants are encouraged to plan and host their very own block party as a way to engage families in their programs. Cost is $10. 2-inservice hours. Register by March 12 by mailing Registration Form or calling 402-441-7180.

Emergency Preparedness Training for Childcare Providers will teach you: the types of hazards are most likely to occur in your area, what items you should have ready to evacuate, what items you should have ready to shelter-in-place, how to teach children about emergencies and how to keep children calm during an emergency. Thursdays, April 4 & 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost is $10, 6 in-service hours. Register HERE

Babysitter's Training for 5th-7th Graders A class through the American Red Cross taught by Extension Educator Jaci Foged for youth ages 11-15. Monday, June 17, 8:30-4:30 p.m. at Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Cost is $35. Bring a sack lunch. Register by June 10. Flyer and registration form.

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