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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
402-564-0815 ext. 1028
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:
You can also see them listed on the NDE Office of Early Childhood website using the links below:
Platte Valley --- Getting Involved --IMPORTANT DATES
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
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)
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.
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.
Assistive Technology Training
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
3806 Howard Blvd.
Columbus NE 68601-8329
800-564-2805 (Toll Free)
Serving school districts in Platte,
Butler, Colfax, Nance, Boone, Polk
and a portion of Merrick
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!
To create positive change for Nebraska's children through community engagement.