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Christen Million Shares Why We Need to Close the Gap of Systemic Inequities

   Christen Million, one of Nebraska Children's experts, reflects on her passion for working with children, along with her future plans.

“I always knew I wanted to work with children. My vision for what that looked like changed and grew throughout my undergraduate program and the beginning of my career. Ultimately, everything led me to exactly where I needed to be, which is currently an Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health with the Rooted in Relationships initiative at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and one of the co-leads for the Nebraska Pyramid Leadership Team.”
  
Christen Million, one of Nebraska Children’s experts, reflects on her passion for working with children, along with her future plans.

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In-Home and Center-Based Providers Agree: Circle of Security Classroom™ Promotes Healthy and Secure Relationships!    

Imagine feeling free to try new things and explore, then being able to re-enter in for reassurance, support, and anything else you need before you set back out again. The whole time, knowing that no matter what you did or where you went, there was always that safe base for you to come back home. Read how our early childhood mental health experts and partners work throughout Nebraska to implement the Circle of Security Classroom (COSP-C™) approach, which helps teachers and childcare providers forge supportive bonds with children!

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Circle of Security Parenting™ Receives National Attention: An Evidence-Based Strategy Featured in 50-State Summary Report

Sami Bradley, Nebraska Children’s Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health, echoes this sentiment. She’s long contributed her expertise to our various early childhood initiatives and community partners, including Rooted in Relationships. Sami’s goal is like ours: to create and sustain systems of care that ensure every child from birth through age eight receives the social emotional support they need. Read more about how Sami's article and expertise on Circle of Security Parenting was featured in a national report.

Sami Bradley, Nebraska Children’s Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health, echoes this sentiment. She’s long contributed her expertise to our various early childhood initiatives and community partners, including Rooted in Relationships. Sami’s goal is like ours: to create and sustain systems of care that ensure every child from birth through age eight receives the social emotional support they need. Read more about how Sami’s article and expertise on Circle of Security Parenting was featured in a national report.

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Meet Lorena Mendez: A Sixpence Participant and Now, a Home Visitor! 

The wonderful thing about any person’s success is when she continues to create more positive outcomes for others. What we love about Sixpence success stories is how each of these participants has lived up to her fullest potential. We also love the

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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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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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Something Old, Something New, and a Sixpence for Her Shoe: Sixpence Comes to Families’ Homes

Established in 2006, the Sixpence Early Learning Fund supports infants and toddlers to ensure that they’re developmentally ready for kindergarten. Sixpence administers three types of grants: Center-based care, family engagement home-based services, and a combination of family engagement and center-based care. Today, Rebecca and Troy Swindell share their Sixpence home visitation takeaways!

Established in 2006, the Sixpence Early Learning Fund supports infants and toddlers to ensure that they’re developmentally ready for kindergarten. Sixpence administers three types of grants: Center-based care, family engagement home-based services, and a combination of family engagement and center-based care. Today, Rebecca and Troy Swindell share their Sixpence home visitation takeaways!

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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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Hear No Evil, See No Evil: Why Suppressing Children’s Emotions Doesn’t Work: Sami Bradley Shares What DOES

As our Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health, we’re excited to host Sami Bradley as our resident expert, who will share her personal experience and professional tips to assist parents in their management of children’s emotions.

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The Teaching Tree and Rooted in Relationships Grant Early Childcare Wishes for a Thriving Center

It’s late in the afternoon. Naptime is over. A little boy is feeling angry because his friend took his favorite toy. His face reddens and twists. As he begins to whimper, his teacher takes him aside. He puffs and blows out an imaginary candle she's holding. There are many other techniques that Stephanie Allen, the director of The Teaching Tree, her teachers, and Rooted coaches use for a thriving center! Read more.

It’s late in the afternoon. Naptime is over. A little boy is feeling angry because his friend took his favorite toy. His face reddens and twists. As he begins to whimper, his teacher takes him aside. He puffs and blows out an imaginary candle she’s holding. There are many other techniques that Stephanie Allen, the director of The Teaching Tree, her teachers, and Rooted coaches use for a thriving center! Read more.

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