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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 is supported in part by a grant from federal CCDF administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.


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

amayberry@esu7.org

402-564-0815 ext. 1028
Fax: 402-563-1121

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Education Service Unit 7 Website

ESU 7 website >>>> REGISTRATION PAGE

The Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS)

Create a professional record in the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System!http://ecrecords.education.ne.gov/HomePage.aspx

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.

Environmental Rating Scale and CLASS Preschool Assessments:

All ERS and CLASS trainings that have been planned so far for 2017 now entered on the ECTC training calendar.


You can also see them listed on the NDE Office of Early Childhood website using the links below:

https://www.education.ne.gov/oec/train/ers/ers.html

https://www.education.ne.gov/oec/train/class/index.html

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Platte Valley --- Getting Involved --IMPORTANT DATES

Newsletter

Updated and change - June 2017


Submission Deadline July 17th, 2017

Publication Date July 21, 2017 (fall) Aug., Sept., Oct., and Nov., and December



Submission Deadline December 18, 2017

Publication Date Dec. 20, 2017 (winter) Jan., Feb., and March



Submission Deadline March 19, 2018

Publication Date March 23, 2018 (spring) April, May, and June



Submission Deadline June 18, 2018

Publication Date June 22, 2018 (summer) July and August




Partnership Meetings

August 1, 2017 TRAINERS Retreat

Oct 25, 2017 Columbus and Fremont - Updates and more

Feb 24 2018 - To be determined

March TDB - Partnership Retreat (grant planning)

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Click on pictures below to be taken to flyer with dates for each training event. buttons below to find trainings.

CONFERENCES

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CPR/FIRST AID Opportunities

CPR/First Aid -

for child care providers and any interested participants are held the second Monday of the month, contact Lynn Mruz 402 721-0586 for registration--preregistration is required. The classes cover Infant, child and adult CPR and first aid and are through the American Heart Association. Certification is good for 2 years.

Step Up to Quality

The Step Up to Quality orientation is now available in a convenient online format for center directors and family child care owners! The pre-registration form can be accessed from the training page of the Step Up to Quality website or directly at pre-registration form

Transportation Training

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.

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Assistive Technology Training

NorthEast Regional Autism Network Trainings

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First Connections:

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.

  1. Introduction to Caring for Infants and Toddlers
  2. Part 1: Development of Infants and Toddlers
  3. Part 2: Development of Infants and Toddlers
  4. Program Quality and Evaluation
  5. Relationships with Families
  6. 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, linda.meyers@nebraska.gov

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. There is a $10.00 fee per module.

School Age Connections is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Early Childhood. More information and registration is available at https://www.education.ne.gov/OEC/school-age-connections.html

CONTACTS

Platte Valley Early Learning Connection Coordinator

Angel Mayberry

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:



Fremont P.S.

REGION 2

Educational Service Unit #2
2320 N. Colorado
Fremont, NE 68026-0649
402-727-4130
877-271-1528 (Toll Free)

jsams@esu2.org

Serving school districts in Burt, Cuming, Dodge, and Saunders Counties..


Columbus REGION 7

East-Central District Health Department
3806 Howard Blvd.
Columbus NE 68601-8329
402-564-4497
800-564-2805 (Toll Free)
jcalahan@ecdhd.com

Serving school districts in Platte,

Butler, Colfax, Nance, Boone, Polk

and a portion of Merrick

Nebraska Family Child Care Association

Support for Nebraska Family Childcare Providers
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Columbus Area Child Development Association

The Columbus Area Child Development Association (CACDA) is a networking tool for providers and to assist families seeking child care in the area of Columbus, Nebraska.

Families Seeking Care: When searching for child care in Columbus and surrounding areas, check our find a provider page. Providers are not only licensed, but going the extra mile by being an association member. Child Development Providers: Through our association, providers have access to continued education through monthly trainings and bi‐annual CPR/First Aid classes. Many free or discounted to association members. Be able to network

with others in the early childhood field while earning your annual training hours required for licensing. Annual membership fee: $30 Contact us today for more information!

Fremont Area Child Care Association

President Ashley Mruz (402)721-0374

Vice President Lindsey Kindler (402) 720-2521

Yearly Training opportunities!

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

To create positive change for Nebraska's children through community engagement.

Parents

O'Hana Kids News

O’Hana Kids’ News was started by Josh & Heather Ackman, when they were looking for events & activities for their son, Zephaniah, to participate in. Zephaniah, is in a wheelchair, due to his terminal condition of Menkes Syndrome. O’Hana Kids’ News was founded in June 2010, when the Ackmans realized that many families were looking for the same information for their children.


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