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Read for Resilience Program Helps Young Children Cope After a Disaster

In response to the March 13, 2019 disasters, Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team created the Read for Resilience program. The team identified nine children’s books to support their coping and understanding feelings after experiencing a disaster, loss and/or grief. Then team members developed reading guides to accompany the books to provide parents and caregivers with age-appropriate probing questions to explore children’s thoughts and feelings. The guides also include suggested activities to further extend children’s ability to process their feelings and experiences. Parents and caregivers of youth can receive up to five free books through this program (approximately a $100 value).

To request a free book or to download a storybook guide, please visit http://child.unl.edu/read4resilience, complete a short survey and select the book(s) which meets your child’s need. 

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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.

Upcoming Learning Child Trainings 2020:

Nebraska Extension teaches several early childhood development classes for child care providers. Unless otherwise indicated, events are held at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Ste A, Lincoln, NE. For additional information or to sign up, contact Jaci Foged at or 402-441-7180 or by email.

Lincoln Early Childhood Conference— Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:45 a.m.–3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. This conference is sponsored by the Southeast Early Learning Connection. Cost is $25. A light breakfast and lunch provided. 6 in-service hours. Register and pay online at www.esu6.org by Feb. 21. See flyer with additional information. For more information, contact Cara Small at carasmall@esu6.org or 402-761-3341.

Look Who’s Hatching— Wednesday, March 25, 6:15–8:15 p.m. Cost is $10. 2 in-service hours. Register by March 16. Learn how to implement Nebraska Extension’s curriculum, “Look Who’s Hatching,” in your program. Participants will have the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own program using a incubator on loan from Extension for an additional fee of $50. See flyer with registration form.

Extension Offers “Block Party” for Childcare Programs:

“Block Party” is a program developed by the University of Wisconsin Extension and adapted for Purdue Extension. Nebraska Extension is now offering Block Party as a statewide program to bring parents, early childhood educators and children together to engage in block play. Childcare programs may request Extension present either of the following workshops by contacting your local Extension office and asking for the Learning Child Educator. There is a nominal fee. In Lancaster County, call 402-441-7180 and ask for Jaci Foged — the programs can be offered at the childcare facility or Lancaster Extension Education Center.

• Two-hour Block Party professional development workshop for early childhood teachers — By taking time to play with a variety of blocks, teachers will develop a better understanding of the multitude of ways children learn by playing with blocks, and how to best support block play in their classrooms.

• Two-hour Block Party for childcare programs to offer their families provides a fun and interactive way to engage families. Families will learn how to support their child’s learning and development through block play.

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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 | Boundaries: 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.)

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