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New video series highlights benefits of Rooted in Relationships

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation initiative Rooted in Relationships has released a series of videos to help explain the rationale behind the initiative, the models and best practices it uses, and how communities across the state are seeing success since

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Real readiness: Social-emotional development and success in school

Social and emotional skills –not academic skills– are most predictive of success in kindergarten. When a 5-year-old enters kindergarten, she’ll be best positioned for success if she can sit and listen to the teacher, get along with other students, keep

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Baby Brains: A webinar about early childhood brain development

Last week, Amy Bornemeier, our Vice President of Early Childhood Programs conducted a webinar for more than 200 attendees from across Nebraska on early childhood brain development. You can view the webinar now. Warning: The audio is not precisely synched

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How brains are built in early childhood

Watch this fantastic breakdown of how positive and negative experiences in early childhood affect the foundation of brain development. This video was created by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative with help from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and

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Circle of Security for healthy social emotional development

Each of the programs we fund and support is unique based on the needs and strengths of the community it serves. One of the methods some of our programs are using to foster health social emotional development is Circle of

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How does Nebraska stack up on Adverse Childhood Experiences?

A few weeks ago, we talked about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from a national perspective. After looking at the national numbers, we started wondering how we, as a state, measured up. Did Nebraska’s kids experience more ACEs? Or did we

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Taking infant mental health seriously

By Lynne Brehm, Associate VP for Early Childhood Mental Health “REALLY? Infants need mental health care?” It’s a pretty common reaction when I tell people what I do. The concept of infant mental health conjures images of babies on couches and

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