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Web-based Sessions for Early Childhood Professionals

Need FREE continuing education hours? Don't want to travel? Pull up a comfortable chair and join us on the web!

Are you joining us for the first time or not quite sure how the sessions work? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions handout!

Registration is closed at this time. Look for new classes in the fall of 2020!

Date and Time                   Session Description  Instructor(s)
Registration is closed.
Inspiring Teachers to Strive for Excellence in their Approach to Curriculum from a New Zealand Perspective

Let's find out what is new in New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum with Kawerau New Zealand and Te Whariki! We will discuss how we document the curriculum and the ways that it is applied to assessment and the standers of well-being and belonging. The instructors will share stories about the positive impact for children , families and the importance of building a community of learners.

Rowena Sutton - Teacher and Centre Leader

Shannon Burgess - Teacher

Rowena and Shannon

Registration is closed.
Feeding without the Fuss

Learn the science behind why some children are challenging eaters and discover ways you can help. This class also covers tips and tricks to make mealtime a more pleasant experience.

Carol Schwarz, MS, RD - Nebraska Extension Educator

Cami Wells, MS, RD - Nebraska Extension Educator

Carol Schwarz

Cami Wells

Registration is closed.
Beyond Challenging Behaviors

Learn about the meaning behind behaviors and supporting early childhood mental health. Join us to explore challenging behaviors, warning signs, beneficial resources, and the importance of your role in the child care environment. Learn about the importance of building partnerships with families and how to bring your concerns forward to parents.

Jessica Fick, MSW, CSW - Senior Social Worker Jessica Fick
Registration is closed.
The Importance and AWESOMENESS of Nature in Early Childhood

Have fun and learn about the research on the effect of nature play on early childhood development as well as activities, tips and tricks to incorporate nature play with the children in your life.

Jamie Bachmann, Wildlife Education Assistant, Northern Prairies Land Trust - Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Jamie Bachmann
Registration is closed.
Mindfulness for Kids - It's that Important!

Sometimes we forget that kids feel stress. Their brains are buzzing with worries about the past and future, which can make it hard for them to focus on what's happening now or keep their emotions in check. Like most things, a mindfulness practice requires... well PRACTICE! We want to give children the tools that help them focus, practice compassion and empathy, and help them self- regulate their emotions.

Lisa Poppe, Nebraska Extension Educator

LaDonna Werth, Nebraska Extension Educator

Lisa Poppe

LaDonna Werth

Registration is closed.
Authentic Documentation Using the Floor Book

Listening to children’s voices is an essential part of creating meaningful curriculum in your classroom. Floor books are “tools to truly consult with children during the planning and documentation process.” Developed by Claire Warden, Floors books “encourage higher order thinking skills and help children influence their learning.” Join us to learn how floor books can transform your documentation practice and give children a voice in your curriculum.

Mollie von Kampen, Assistant Director/Master Teacher, Ruth Staples Child Development Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Erin Keller, Master Teacher, Ruth Staples Child Development Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mollie von Kampen

Erin Keller

Why should I sign-up?

  • FREE program – no cost to you
  • One-hour of continuing education credit for each class
  • Participate at home or anywhere you have access to the internet
  • Increase your skills and keep your children healthy

What if the date or time of the session does not work for me?

  • There is an option to register for a recorded version of the session.
  • You will have one week after the recorded session is available to watch the webinar and receive continuing education credits.

Are you joining us for the first time or not quite sure how the sessions work? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions handout!

Courses offered by Nebraska Extension may be accepted by Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota and Iowa to meet annual in-service training requirements.
Email Cami Wells at or call her at (308) 385-5088 for questions.