ESU#3 ELC PD Omaha Region

January 2023

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ESU #3 ELC PD Omaha Region Networking

Lets get together! The next ESU #3 ELC PD Omaha Region Networking meeting will be Tuesday, January 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. online via ZOOM and feature First Five Nebraska sharing tips on how to be a strong advocate for the early childhood field. Partner agencies will also provide updates about upcoming professional development opportunities and community events.

ELC PD Omaha Region Networking Meetings are open to anyone who works in or represents center based child care, community agencies and organizations, early intervention teams, family child care, Head Start, health/medical professionals, higher education institutions, preschools, professional organizations and support groups, public school early childhood programs, and out of school time programs. This is a great opportunity to get connected!

Please RSVP to Stephanie, by January 5 if you would like to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

ONLINE Supporting the Development of Making Connections

Thursdays, January 05; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

and January 19; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

(Registration fee $10.00)


Making Connections is at the heart of learning and making unusual connections is at the core of creativity.

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Leadership is Doing the Right Thing for Children

Tuesdays, January 10, January 17, January 24, & January 31;

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(Registration fee $20.00)


In order to do the right things for children, early childhood professionals must have the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind of a leader and understand eight core leadership qualities.

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Online PD for FREE: [Winter] Math in Nature

Wednesday, January 18; 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (central)

No registration fee


Mathematics exists all around us in the natural world. It is our task to bring our children’s attention to the data and help them see the world around them in a mathematical way.

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ONLINE Meaningful, MINDFUL, and Motivational Mondays

Happiness Truths

Monday, January 23;

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Life-changing ideas! That’s how these five simple lessons about happiness have been described. Focusing on “I’m happy now because …” rather than “I’ll be happy when …” is the key. During this session, we will focus on what happiness is and what it is not plus how to build and strengthen our emotional fitness skills.

ONLINE PD for FREE: Social - Emotional Learning Strategies & Supports

Thursday, January 26;

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

No Registration fee


In their first few years of life, young children acquire social and emotional skills, such as regulating emotions, sharing with others and following instructions.

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IN PERSON What If We Taught the Way Children Learn?

Thursdays, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9;

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(Registration fee: $35.00)

ESU #3 - 6949 S 110th St, La Vista, NE 68128

Early childhood educators need to understand and strengthen the connection between how children develop and learn with how children are "taught."

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ONLINE Supporting the Development of Critical Thinking

Thursdays, February 2; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and February 16 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

(Registration fee $10.00)


Critical Thinking is the ongoing search for valid and reliable knowledge to guide beliefs, decision, and actions.

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How Great Team Leaders Coach & Develop Great Supportive Relationships While Maximizing & Motivating Excellent Team Performance

Tuesday, February 7, 2023; 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Registration fee: $10.00

This online presentation demonstrates how to use consistent coaching questions to guide team members to excellence. Search for what Michael calls “SOSS” -- Since successful leadership requires identifying specific behaviors that are expected, you’ll learn how to do this like an expert and then communicate these expectations in positive ways. The session also includes Michael’s “Nine Fine Ones" - specific actions you can use immediately to motivate and build positive relationships that help team members succeed.

Facilitated by: Michael Brandwein, Educator/Author/Trainer

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Upgrading Zoom to the latest version.

Zoom regularly provides new versions of the Zoom desktop client and mobile app to release new features and fix bugs. We recommend upgrading to the latest version when it is available to receive the best video and audio experience.

Regarding the online registration system:

  • Each person must have his/her own account. Directors should not register staff using their own account. (Instructions for creating an account can be found here)

  • Your email address must be verified after your account is activated. All communication regarding training is sent via email and you may not receive important information if your email address is not verified.

  • Payment can be made by credit card or check/money order. Check/money order should be mailed within 2 business days of registration. Please make payable to ESU #3.

  • A receipt email will be sent once payment is received and this confirms your registration.

You registered and now you cannot attend:

  • Logon to your online registration system account, cancel your registration and send an email to

  • If a cancellation is made before the registration deadline and payment has been received, 100% credit is given.

  • If a cancellation is made after the registration deadline but before the training, including prior to the start of the training the day of the training, 50% credit is given if payment has been received.

  • If someone is a no call, no show, the registration fee payment is forfeited.

  • NOTE: All credits will “expire” if not used within 18 months

When attending training:

  • Please arrive prior to the start time of the training. If you are not on time for a licensing required training, you will not be allowed to attend.

  • During training sessions, we ask for your full attention.

  • Please seek childcare for your children, as the professional development environment (in person or online) is not a developmentally appropriate space for them.

  • Use of cell phones will be restricted to break times. Those who violate this policy may be asked to leave the training and will not receive credit.

  • Thank you for coming prepared with an open mind to learning new ideas, sharing resources with other participants, and being actively engaged!

In the event of training cancellation:

  • An email will be sent to those registered announcing that the training will not be held.

  • If payment has been received, 100% credit is given.

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Coach Resources January 2023

As coaches, it is so important to cultivate emotional resilience within ourselves so that we can help others do the same. Here is a resource to click on to remind you to Take Care of Yourself

Click HERE for more information on cultivating emotional resilience.

As a coach, you may have often wondered if you are supporting change that improves educator and child well-being. Jim Knight writes about strategies for engaging and motivating educators we work with that promote change -- "Why Teacher Autonomy is Central to Coaching Success." And if you are a coach interested in the Metro area regional login page or a spiral-bound copy of the Coaching Competencies, please reach out to me at

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Omaha Region Early Childhood Community meetings are zoom meetings that take place monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. These meetings, brought to you by NECC’s Early Childhood Community Coordinator in collaboration with the Omaha Chapter of Nebraska AEYC and ELC PD Omaha Region, provide a way to bring communication from our state and local partners directly to early childhood providers and educators in order to better assist you in making good business decisions.

There is no need to register to attend, simply click on the zoom link to join the meeting. Those sharing updates and information may include DHHS, NDE Office of Early Childhood, First Five Nebraska, and local health departments, just to name a few.

Next Meeting: January 11, 2023 @ 1:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 880 1418 4331 Password: 529752

These meetings are for you! If there are topics you would like to learn more about and/or discuss at future meetings, please let us know by completing this form.
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Childcare and preschool providers have knowledge of early childhood development and are encouraged to discuss any concerns or “red flags” with families. These conversations can cause some apprehension, but they are important in the ongoing effort to connect families with early intervention. Childcare and preschool providers are encouraged to trust their developmental knowledge and instincts and know what resources are available for families. One primary resource is the Early Development Network.

The Early Development Network serves children ages birth through two years of age who qualify for special education services according to Nebraska State Guidelines (Rule 52). Services are provided at no cost to the family, are provided in the child’s natural environment (e.g. home, childcare) and are confidential. Childcare and preschool providers can make a referral to EDN, but the parent ultimately has to consent to proceed with any screenings or evaluations. It is important to make parents aware of any concerns that you have and to partner with them as they seek resources to address those concerns. If a child is between the ages of three and five, the family can contact their local school district directly to inquire about supports and services. All Nebraska school districts are obligated to provide services beginning at birth for children who meet eligibility criteria and demonstrate a need for early intervention. To make a referral, use the contact numbers below.

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If a young child qualifies for services, you might be asked by the family to allow service providers into your childcare or preschool setting. Services are provided by the school district where the child resides. Early interventionists use a coaching model to build the capacity of the caregiver and enhance the child’s developmental learning opportunities in their natural environment. These learning opportunities and strategies are designed to be a natural part of the child’s daily routine.

Local school districts value partnerships with community providers - it is through partnerships that we are able to more significantly impact children and families. Childcare and preschool providers play an essential role in early intervention and can be the link between families and critical supports and services early on in a child’s life. School districts rely on the relationships community providers have with families and respect the efforts they make on behalf of the young children they serve. Thank you for your partnership!

Local Library Events

LaVista Public Library

Family Storytimes:

January 10th and 24th at 10 AM

Pre-k Play (at the La Vista Community Center):

January 12th from 10 AM- Noon

Creative Hands: Obstacle Course

January 20th at 10 AM

Omaha Public Library

Out & About Storytime at Chalco Hills

Monday, January 9; 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Art Adventures Visits Storytime
Monday, January 9; 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
at Charles B. Washington Branch -- Joslyn Art Museum visits

Online Storytime Live

Wednesdays, January 3, January 4, January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 6, February 8, February 15, February 22; 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Online Bilingual Storytime

Tuesdays, January 3, January 10, January 24, and January 3; 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Hora de Cuentos (Spanish Storytime)

Wednesdays, January 4, January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 6, February 8, February 15, February 22; 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

At South Omaha Branch

Library Events Calendar

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Program and Continuing Education continues to offer An Infant Toddler Child Development Associate. 120 professional educational clock-hour training has been developed for anyone who is looking to advance their education and professional career.

Coming this January, we are pleased to announce a new training program. A Preschool Child Development Associate 120 professional educational clock hour training. This endeavor is an ongoing collaboration with The Council for Professional Recognition and the Nebraska Department of Education. Both these training programs are and will be offered in English and Spanish.

Click here for more information

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Nebraska Extension Early Childhood 2023 Classes

Challenging Behavior Series

Thursday, January 12; 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


No registration fee

Register HERE

Nature Based Learning Classes

Wednesday, January 25; 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


No registration fee

Register HERE

Nebraska Extension Food, Nutrition & Health

Tuesday, January 3 or

Monday, February 6;

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties

8015 West Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124

(Registration fee of $20 per person payable at the door)

ServSafe Food Handlers Class

This course is certified by the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe®

Food Handler Program and is good for two years. The class consists of five sections: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-Contamination and Allergens, Time and Temperature, and Cleaning and Sanitation. During the class a short test will be given, and you will leave with your certificate.

For information and to register, contact Nancy Urbanec at 402-444-3668 or at least one week before the session.

Nebraska Extension Fit and Healthy Kids Trainings

Need complimentary continuing education hours? Don’t want to travel?
Pull up a comfortable chair and join us on the web!
Hours approved in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Georgia & South Dakota
for childcare providers. Web-based Sessions for Early Childhood Professionals.
Register now or the day before class by noon:

Being in the Moment with Infants
Monday, January 9; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST
Infants need our emotional availability to regulate themselves. Early childhood professionals will learn strategies to support infants in this critical time of their emotional development and bonding.
Instructors: LaDonna Werth & Lisa Poppe, Extension Educators, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Childhood Wellness Panel
Monday, February 6; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST
The panel will discuss how childcare providers can support young children's health and wellness. We will cover dental health, immunizations, and hearing and vision.
Instructor: Christy Stuth, Area Associate Agent Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences,
University of Arizona Extension
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ONLINE Winter 2023 Management Training Program

Wednesdays, January 18, January 25, February 01, February 08, February 15, February 22, March 01; 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and March 08; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(Registration fee $225.00)


A series of sessions for child care center directors, Management Training Program covers resources and skills to succeed in center based program leadership. Completing this training (all 8 modules) fulfills the DHHS licensing requirement: 391 NAC Regulation 3 006.08B Child Care Management Training. Registration is for the entire series.

Early Learning Guidelines

(Each session is $30)

If you are interested in a group session for your program, email

IN PERSON Social and Emotional Development
Saturday, January 14: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ESU #3 - 6949 S 110th St, LaVista 68128

IN PERSON Mathematics
Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

ESU #3 - 6949 S 110th St, LaVista 68128

Participants must attend both sessions to receive an inservice hours certificate

ONLINE Creative Arts
Saturday, January 28; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each participant is expected to join the session individually. Small groups sharing a device (logged in on the same computer) is not allowed.

IN PERSON Approaches to Learning

Saturday, February 11; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ESU #3 - 6949 S 110th St, LaVista 68128

Early Learning Guidelines Book Pick Up

If you do not have a copy of the Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska's Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards (updated: August 2018) and would like to pick one up, you (or someone you send) can stop by ESU #3 (110th & Harrison) during the week.

ESU 3 Address: 6949 S 110th St, LaVista NE 68128

Building hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You will enter through the main entrance on the west side of the building and let the person at the front desk know you are there to pick up an ELG book.

First Aid/CPR Options

Infant Child and Adult CPR and First Aid
classes are offered in Fort Calhoun on the first Thursday of each month. Christi Jones is very flexible with class dates, and is available most evenings and weekends. Please call at 402-468-4868 or email to register or for more info about onsite training.

National Safety Council, Nebraska

Nebraska Training Services
Tuesday, January 10; 6:30 p.m.

Registration fee: $60
Lisa: or 402-661-9957

Living Faith Church, 12315 Westwood Lane, Omaha 68144

Top Notch Training

ONLINE Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid

Thursday, January 5;

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

(Hands On Portion by appointment)

IN PERSON (Renewal Class) Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid

Thursday, January 12;

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

IN PERSON Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid

Thursday, January 19;

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

If you are in need of individual/group classes or courses, we offer blended, on-line, or in person classes. Contact: Matt Nagler: 402-681-9559;

NE Safe Kids Child Care Transportation

Nebraska Child Care Licensing Regulations require mandatory child passenger safety training for child care centers who transport children. The Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training is the only approved course to satisfy the regulation requirements. The current list of certified child passenger safety technicians offering the training can be found here

Top Notch Training

Tuesday, January 24; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Register HERE

If you are in need of individual/group classes or courses, we offer blended, on-line, or in person classes. Contact: Cortney at 402-203-8956;

Pre-Service Orientation Training for Family Child Care Home Programs

Prior to License Orientation training is now available ONLINE for persons interested in becoming licensed as a Family Child Care Home I or II. The licensing process, which includes this orientation training, can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Licensing website at this link.
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