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The New Nebraska: How Loup Valley Childhood Initiative Continues to Create Communities for Kids

Long before COVID, Ord has proven to be a place of reinvention. Most recently, one of the town’s most pressing projects has been to address the childcare scarcity. Some of the women behind this effort are Loup Valley Childhood Initiative core leaders and Ord residents, Melani Flynn, Katie Walmsley, and Kristina Foth. Read more about how these women and their community work to create quality childcare.

Long before COVID, Ord has proven to be a place of reinvention. Most recently, one of the town’s most pressing projects has been to address the childcare scarcity. Some of the women behind this effort are Loup Valley Childhood Initiative core leaders and Ord residents, Melani Flynn, Katie Walmsley, and Kristina Foth. Read more about how these women and their community work to create quality childcare.

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Compassion Fatigue: It Happens to Everyone, So How Can We Bounce Back?

Early childhood professionals are at risk for developing compassion fatigue due to the demanding nature of their everyday work, which is now paired with the stress caused by the pandemic. Not only are early childhood professionals affected in their own lives by the threat of COVID, but they also must care for children and families experiencing a wide range of effects, such as lost jobs, unstable housing, or isolation from family and friends. If you or someone you know is suffering from compassion fatigue, here are some definitions and coping tips.

Early childhood professionals are at risk for developing compassion fatigue due to the demanding nature of their everyday work which is now paired with the stress caused by the pandemic. Not only are early childhood professionals effected in their own lives by the threat of COVID, but they also must care for children and families experiencing a wide range of effects, such as lost jobs, unstable housing, or isolation from family and friends. If you or someone you know is suffering from compassion fatigue, here are some definitions and coping tips.

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You Are Not Alone: Dawson County’s Early Childhood Professional Learning Series Provides Reassurance and Resolve for Motivated Staff

Many professionals, especially those who work in early childhood education and care, but also teachers of every age tend to shoulder a tremendous amount of responsibility. You walk into a classroom, make decisions, then hope that you did the right things. The truth is, no matter how skilled, every talented professional will occasionally feel alone or overwhelmed. These are the moments when the Early Childhood Professional Learning Series can help. Read more about early care providers Arlie Herrick and Dee Coble’s experiences in participating in the Series.

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Rachel Pierce Attends Rooted in Relationships’ Training to Support the Next Generation of Thriving Children

Nebraska childcare providers are making headlines. Today, we bring you a success story from Buffalo County’s Rooted in Relationships initiative and a provider named Rachel Pierce, the owner of Creative Kids Child Care. Today, Rachel will share the benefits and perks of being part of Rooted in Relationships (Rooted), which is one of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Early Childhood initiatives. 

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Not a Bedtime Story: The Facts, Figures, and Data Behind Childcare

Although our lives are flooded with information, for many working parents, one worry looms large on a Sunday night: who can care for their children when they go to work? This concern is neither a lullaby nor a bedtime story but instead a keep-you-awake-at-night concern, particularly for rural Nebraskan parents.  

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Child-Care: Becca Paulsen Shares Her Vision of a Quality Provider

“When can you have a baby?” This is the question that Becca Paulsen will ask her childcare provider when Becca is thinking about having a second child. This leads us to our next question: How do young parents find childcare in homey, comfortable, close-knit small towns? Read on.

“When can you have a baby?”

This is the question that Becca Paulsen will ask her childcare provider when Becca is thinking about having a second child.

This leads us to our next question:
How do young parents find childcare in homey, comfortable, close-knit small towns?

Read on.

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Out with Time-Out; In with Time-Ins: How the Grand Island YWCA Develops Healthy Social-Emotional Relationships

Any well-meaning parent or caregiver may think that when they put a child in time out, the child’s negative reaction and acknowledgment of her misbehavior means she is well-aware of what she did wrong, has accepted her punishment, and has taken back her behavior. When lacking an alternative, we generally enact disciplinary measures that we have been raised with and know best, but Time-Outs aren’t always effective. As part of the Rooted, Jana and her team have attended trainings that teach them evidence-based, Pyramid Model strategies that help build relationships between the children and their caregivers while at the same time decreasing challenging behavior.

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Early and New Beginnings: Boone County and C4K Break Ground for Boone Beginnings Early Childhood and Family Development Center

In 2015, when Boone County, Nebraska was considering plans to address their childcare shortage, Jay Wolf, and other Boone County Foundation Fund (BCFF) core team members, said, “We know we have a childcare shortage; we need solutions, but we’re not interested in building a center.” Five years later, the team broke ground for Boone Beginnings, their early care center. So, how did this happen? Read on.

In 2015, when Boone County, Nebraska was considering plans to address their childcare shortage, Jay Wolf, and other Boone County Foundation Fund (BCFF) core team members, said, “We know we have a childcare shortage; we need solutions, but we’re not interested in building a center.”

Five years later, the team broke ground for Boone Beginnings, their early care center.

So, how did this happen? Read on.

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TEN-MINUTE RULE: What Becky Lieswald WISHES She Could Have Known Before Applying for a Stabilization Grant

How long did it take Becky Ramm, a busy Nebraska childcare provider, to apply for the Stabilization Grant? TEN MINUTES. Yes, the process was that easy. Read more tips as Becky walks you through this simple grant application for childcare providers who were impacted by the pandemic.

How long did it take Becky Ramm, a busy Nebraska childcare provider, to apply for the Stabilization Grant?

TEN MINUTES. Yes, the process was that easy. Read more tips as Becky walks you through this simple grant application for childcare providers who were impacted by the pandemic.

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Rooted in Adult AND Child Relationships: Self-Care Bingo, Engaging Toys, and More for the Whole Family

Self-Care, Childcare, Rooted in Relationships Helps Support Both!    Now, there is a bingo game for adults and childcare providers. When one of the families wins, their childcare provider may give them a free day of care, $5, ice cream, or childcare in exchange

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