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Platte Valley ELC Newsletter
Platte Valley Early Learning Connection
SPONSORED BY THE PLATTE VALLEY EARLY LEARNING CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTING TRAINING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND CONSULTATION FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN BIRTH THROUGH AGE EIGHT IN COUNTIES, BOONE, BUTLER, BURT, COLFAX, CUMING, DODGE, MERRICK, NANCE, PLATTE, POLK, AND SAUNDERS. PV ELC IS SUPPORTED by Grant Number 93.575 Child Care and Development Block Grant from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
Serving: Boone, Butler, Burt, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, and Saunders.
Angel Mayberry, Early Learning Connection Coordinator
Education Service Unit # 7
2657 44th Avenue Columbus, NE 68601
402-564-0815 ext. 1028
Dear Nebraska Provider:
Did you know that the best predictor of academic success for children is the number of books a family has in the home? Nebraska Growing Readers offers you an opportunity to help families build their own home libraries with free books that they will select at your childcare facility. When you sign up, you will receive a monthly set of books and display materials delivered straight to your door.
The goals of Nebraska Growing Readers are to:
- Expand the access to books for early care and education providers.
- Support the adoption of shared book reading in home and early care and educational settings.
- Increasing access to culturally and linguistically responsive books that reflect Nebraska’s diverse population.
Help be a part of supporting family reading habits and educational success!
Learn more about Nebraska Growing Readers: https://www.singasongofsixpence.org/news/nebraska-growing-readers/faqs.html
Check out the NGR online library: https://www.singasongofsixpence.org/news/nebraska-growing-readers/nebraska-growing-readers-collection.html
We Care for Kids - NEBRASKA
STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES
We Care for Kids, a collaborative, community-based initiative that launched
publicly June 15, is intended to build support for quality early childhood education in Nebraska and for the early childhood workforce that is so crucial to young children's development and learning. Learn more below!
We Care for Kids partners also have great resources and materials to help you promote the value of quality early childhood education, support early childhood educators, and organize others in your community to build access for all families: Why is early childhood education critical to thriving communities?
Child Development Associate - CDA
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Grow your career Meet state licensing requirements Increase your own marketability Improve professional recognition of the field Implement developmentally appropriate best practices Display the certificate for parent benefit There are multiple pathways to earning your Child Development Associate® (CDA) in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS)
Create a professional record in the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System!
Having a professional record will allow you to track and manage your professional development, which includes your training history, higher education, early childhood related credentials, and employment history.
Here is the link you can use in your newsletter for anyone to subscribe to the Preschool Post: http://eepurl.com/gmR0ur
CPR/FIRST AID Opportunities
Pediatric CPR/First Aid Columbus
CPR and First Aid Certified Trainer:
RESPOND CONFIDENTLY DURING AN EMERGENCY
With more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests
occurring in the United States annually, bystanders are the key
to increasing survival rates! The Childcare Provider course will
teach you how to respond to emergencies that happen at work,
at home and in your community. This course is ideal for childcare
providers, teachers, coaches, parents or anyone responsible for
the well-being of a child.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Through lecture, videos and hands-on practice, you will be
able to respond confidently to emergency situations. Skills and
• All topics of CPR, AED and First Aid
o Adult, Child and Infant CPR & Choking
o Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use*
o Bleeding Control and Bandaging
o Bites and Stings
o Epinephrine Auto-Injector
• Indoor, Playground and Water Safety
• Recognizing Maltreatment of Children
• And many more!
CPR/FIRST AID - FREMONT
Pediatric and Adult CPR/AED and First Aid classes are offered on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm at First State Bank Education Center, 1005 E 23rd St in Fremont, NE 68025. These classes are through the American Heart Association and cover all ages including both CPR, the use of an AED, and basic first aid.
You will be able to access your card online or keep it on your smartphone, or save it as a PDF so no more lost cards! You will need a valid e-mail to claim your card.
Registration is required as class size is limited, so please call Lynn Mruz at 402 720-1649 to register.
CPR/FIRST AID - FREMONT
CPR/First Aid - FREMONT
Pediatric and Adult CPR/AED and First Aid classes are offered the last Wednesday of each month by Patrice Vakiner. She is willing to travel.
Must call/email to set an appointment.
Please email Patrice to set up CPR/First Aid firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone 402-721-1076
CPR, AED AND FIRST AID FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
The CPR, AED and First Aid for Childcare Providers course offered by EMS Safety Services, Inc. is OSHA compliant and is approved by federal, state, municipal and private/nonprofit organizations.
CPR, AED And First Aid For Childcare Providers Features:
The Perfect Curriculum For Caregivers Of Small Children.
2-Year Certification (Including Pediatric First Aid)
Hands-On Skills Practice
Cortney Nagler: 402-203-8956 email@example.com
Matt Nagler: 402-681-9559 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regulations require mandatory child passenger safety training for child care centers who transport children. These regulations took effect May 20, 2013. The Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training is the only approved course to satisfy the following regulation requirements:
Child Care Centers - 391 NAC 3-006.10C
School Aged Only Centers- 391 NAC 4-006.09C
Preschool Programs- 391 NAC 5-006.09B.
The Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training is a 3 clock hour training for individuals who transport children within a childcare setting. Individuals who transport children must receive and maintain a valid certificate of completion of the Safe Kids Nebraska Childcare Transportation Training.
The certificate of completion is good for five years. Topic areas covered include the following: Nebraska Law, Crash Dynamics, Vehicle Restraint Systems, Child Restraints, Misuse, Other Forms of Transportation, and Policy Development/Resources. CLICK LINK ABOVE TO FIND A TRAINER.
The Introduction to Nebraska’s Core Competencies
This course will guide you through the Core Competencies document and explain how you can use it for professional growth. This course is meant to be an introduction to the document. The optional self-assessment provided in the course will help you further understand the Nebraska Core Competencies and how best to use them as an early childhood professional.
This is a free online course that can be completed independently through the Canvas Learning Management System. Once the course is successfully completed, a certificate for 1 hour of training will be made available.
First Connections is a multifaceted, comprehensive online course offering education about infants and toddlers to teachers, caregivers, and parents across Nebraska and beyond.
The online training curriculum consists of six modules. Click here for a complete syllabus.
- Introduction to Caring for Infants and Toddlers
- Part 1: Development of Infants and Toddlers
- Part 2: Development of Infants and Toddlers
- Program Quality and Evaluation
- Relationships with Families
- Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe and Healthy
Requirements of the course include reading information, viewing video, completing assignments and taking short tests. All assignments and tests must be completed and graded prior to the end of the course.
A limited number of users can participate in the First Connections course at any one time. Therefore, participants must first pre-register for the course. To pre-register, click here.
Upon assurance that space is available, payment of a $25.00 fee is required. Please do not send payment until you are requested to do so. When the fee has been paid, participants will receive an email with the link to the course, a username and a password. The course must be completed within 90 days. By satisfactorily completing the online course, participants will receive 45 in-service clock hours. To find a complete list of First Connections policies and procedures, click here.
For general information, contact: Linda Meyers, 402-471-2980, email@example.com
School Age Connections:
School Age Connections
The revisions are completed and School Age Connections is back online!
The School Age Connections training consists of three modules:
1. Understanding the Development of the School Age Child
2. Successful Programming for School Age Children
3. Guidance for Working with School Age Children
Since the revision is considerably different from the original, anyone who previously completed School Age Connections may repeat the modules and receive in-service clock hours.
A module must be completed within 30 days. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of a module. Each module equals five (5) clock hours of in-service training.
$5 per module!
School Age Connections is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Early Childhood. More information and registration is available HERE
Early Development Network
Do you have concerns about the growth and development of an infant or toddler? The Early Development Network can help by providing evaluations and support through the local school districts for children from birth to five years old.
Many will contact their physician, but do not realize the school district can help with children from birth to five years old. Many children will not “outgrow” a problem. The Early Development Network can help support the child and family for them to be successful.
When you have questions or concerns about a child’s development, you can contact:
Educational Service Unit #2
2320 N. Colorado
Fremont, NE 68026-0649
877-271-1528 (Toll Free)
Serving school districts in Burt, Cuming, Dodge, and Saunders Counties..
Columbus REGION 7
East-Central District Health Department
4321 41st Avenue
Columbus NE 68601-8329
800-564-2805 (Toll Free)
Serving school districts in Platte,
Butler, Colfax, Nance, Boone, Polk