Fit and Healthy Kids

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!

Date and Time Session Description Handouts
October 2, 2017
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

The Importance of Sleep from the Perspective of Children, Youth and Parents:

This presentation will discuss what we know from research studies about how the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep influences behaviors in children, youth and parents. 

Instructor: Victoria J. Molfese, Ph.D., Chancellor Professor of Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies, UNL

November 6, 2017
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Tinkering with Stem:

Tinkering helps children to understand you have to fail a few times, sometimes many times, in order to get the right answer. It is a safe way for children to go through the process of trial and error- which is an experience that children need to develop the kind of higher-order thinking skills necessary in our rapidly changing world.

Instructors: Lisa Poppe, LaDonna Werth Extension Educators, UNL and Soo-Young Hong Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, UNL

Examples of Materials for Tinkering, Making, and Engineering

Maker Space Challenges

December 4, 2017
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Introduction to Autism in Childcare Settings:

This presentation will provide learners with introduction to autism spectrum disorder. Participants will learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of autism in their childcare setting. They will learn strategies for discussing the diagnosis with caregivers and next steps for accessing diagnosis and support. 

Instructor: Johanna Taylor, PhD, BCBA - Assistant Professor of Practice at Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, UNL

January 8, 2018
7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Strategies for Young Children with Autism in Childcare Settings

This presentation will provide learners with a brief overview of autism spectrum disorder. Participants will learn strategies they can embed within the daily routines of childcare settings to help support children with autism in their programs. Limitations, areas of need, and ways of accessing additional support will be discussed.

Instructor: Johanna Taylor, PhD, BCBA - Assistant Professor of Practice at Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, UNL

February 5, 2018 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

What You Need to Know about Food Allergies

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.9 million children under age 18. Caring for a child with a food allergy can be challenging. Topics in the session will include food allergy basics, preparing food safely and reducing allergy risks.

Instructors: Cami Wells, Carol Schwarz, Extension Educators – UNL

March 5, 2018 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Blocks Building Math Talk in Early Childhood Setting

Engaging in block play provides a vast array of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) concepts. This workshop will focus on STEM constructs that can be addressed through block play experiences and specifically emphasize strategies to enhance and increase potential for mathematical talk. Participants will engage in reflective activities that identify opportunities to explore STEM concepts through applications of developmentally appropriate practice. This workshop is designed to aid participants in designing environments that promote STEM thinking through block play.

Instructor: Kelley Buchheister, Assistant Professor Child, Youth& Family Studies, UNL

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.
  • Your will have one week after the recorded session is available to watch the webinar and receive continuing education credits.

Courses offered by Nebraska Extension may be accepted by the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Child Care Services Office, to meet annual in-service training requirements.

Email Cami Wells at or call her at (308) 385-5088 for questions.