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Social Emotional Supports

What is social-emotional in early childhood?

Social and emotional development in the early years, also referred to as early childhood mental health, refers to children's emerging capacity to: Experience, regulate and express a range of emotions. Develop close, satisfying relationships with other children and adults. Actively explore their environment and learn.

The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC) created a video and companion guide to learn more about Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Services in Nebraska.


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Pyramid Project

The Lincoln Early Childhood Network (LECN) – Access to Quality Child Care Work Group serves as the Rooted in Relationship Stakeholder Team for Pyramid Project work in Lincoln. The LECN,  a subgroup of Prosper Lincoln, serves as the backbone for the Access to Quality Child Care Work Group. The Access to Quality Child Care Work Group is co-facilitated by Prudence Devney and Travis Manley. Tracy Gordon (Executive Director, Nebraska AEYC) serves as the Rooted in Relationships Lancaster community coordinator, and Nebraska AEYC serves as the fiscal agent. Additionally, Christen Million (Rooted in Relationships), supports this work group.

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This group assembled Social Emotional backpacks and distributed to early childhood programs to be used to support children.

Individual that attended the Social Emotional ELG, were invited to a 1 hour additional social emotional training. At this training, they completed a social emotional make-it-take activity. They also received a backpack with social emotional resources such as S/E books, CSEFEL resources, Feeling Faces, Tips for Challenging Behavior, Solution Kit Cue Cards, Emotion Cards, etc.

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