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Upcoming free webinar to highlight family-school partnerships

Amanda Witte and Susan Sheridan
Amanda Witte and Susan Sheridan. View archived webinar.

CYFS director Susan Sheridan and Amanda Witte, CYFS project manager, will lead a free webinar titled “Family-School Partnerships: Evidence-Based Foundations and an Exemplar for Practice” on Friday, Dec. 9 from 2-3 pm Central Standard Time.

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Students gain skills in early childhood autism spectrum disorders

Micheale Marcus, left, works with one of her clients at UNMC's Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic. The clinic provides services to children with autism, and their families.
Micheale Marcus, left, works with one of her clients at UNMC’s Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic. The clinic provides services to children with autism and their families. View photo gallery.

Micheale Marcus puts her hands in the air. Then on her nose. Then on the table—a miniature one, where she sits with her client: a 3-year-old toddler who mimics her every move.

Marcus, a second-year graduate student, is receiving training in early childhood autism spectrum disorders through a new traineeship offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences’ school psychology graduate program.

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Davis leads evaluation of early childhood project

Lori Chleborad, CYFS project coordinator, and Dawn Davis, CYFS project manager, prepare materials for families participating in an evaluation of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Davis is leading an evaluation of home visitations for children birth to age 3.
Lori Chleborad, CYFS project coordinator, and Dawn Davis, CYFS project manager, prepare materials for families participating in an evaluation of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Davis is leading an evaluation of home visitations for children birth to age 3.

Among mattresses lining the living room floor, a mother of two—recently evicted and living with a friend—shares her parenting story with a CYFS data collection team.

Her story is one of many that will guide an evaluation of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan, launched last year by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska to close achievement gaps for at-risk children in the Omaha metropolitan area.

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Bullying Prevention Conference draws early childhood educators, researchers

Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation, addresses a crowd of more than 150 during the June 13 Bullying Prevention Conference at UNL. Conference participants included early childhood educators, teachers, administrators, parents and researchers.
Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation, addresses a crowd of more than 150 during the June 13 Bullying Prevention Conference at UNL. View photo gallery. View videos.

Cynthia Germanotta had just buckled into a trans-Atlantic flight back from Paris when her daughter paused and looked at her.

Mom, it’s time, she said.

The 25-year-old singer, Lady Gaga, had just finished another international concert. She had just finished listening to yet more stories from young fans struggling with bullying and mental health issues. And she knew she had to do something about it.

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CYFS joins UNL-Brazil early childhood partnership

CYFS faculty and affiliates are embarking on a new early childhood research partnership with Brazil. Faculty involved in the initiative include, back row, from left, Greg Welch, Soo-Young Hong, Lisa Knoche, Christine Marvin and Cody Hollist, and front row, from left, Natalie Williams, Michelle Howell Smith, Kathleen Rudasill and Amanda Witte. Not pictured are Carolyn Pope Edwards, Helen Raikes and Paul Springer.
CYFS faculty and affiliates participated in a meeting May 18-19 to begin a UNL-Brazil initiative in early childhood research. Faculty who attended the meeting include, back row, from left, Greg Welch, Soo-Young Hong, Lisa Knoche, Christine Marvin and Cody Hollist, and front row, from left, Natalie Williams, Michelle Howell Smith, Susan Sheridan, Kathleen Rudasill and Amanda Witte. Not pictured are Carolyn Pope Edwards, Helen Raikes and Paul Springer. Visit meeting website View photo gallery

CYFS joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in launching an early childhood research initiative with Brazil during a meeting held May 18-19 in São Paulo.

The working meeting drew 60 early childhood scholars, policymakers and educators from Brazil and UNL with the purpose of forming collaborative teams to conduct future research. UNL’s representation included 13 faculty members from CYFS and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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CYFS earns $6.5 million for early childhood studies, national leadership

CYFS  has earned federal funding to study Nebraska early childhood education,  and was also chosen to lead the project's national research network. The team includes (back row, from left) Greg Welch, Mark DeKraai, Jim Bovaird, (front row, from left) Lisa Knoche, Iheoma Iruka and Susan Sheridan. (Craig Chandler/University Communications)
CYFS has earned federal funding to study Nebraska early childhood education, and was also chosen to lead the project’s national research network. The team includes (back row, from left) Greg Welch, Mark DeKraai, Jim Bovaird, (front row, from left) Lisa Knoche, Iheoma Iruka and Susan Sheridan. (Craig Chandler/University Communications). View video.

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has earned $6.5 million to shape Nebraska early childhood practices and policies, while leading a national network committed to improving children’s outcomes.

The project is part of the multi-institutional Early Learning Network, a $26 million research initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

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CYFS awarded $2.5 million to advance early childhood development

The Getting Ready 0-3 research team, from left: Lisa Knoche, Susan Sheridan, Helen Raikes, Christine Marvin and Leslie Hawley.
CYFS researchers have received $2.5 million in funding to advance early childhood development with the Getting Ready research intervention. Lisa Knoche (left) leads the study, along with Susan Sheridan, Helen Raikes, Christine Marvin and Leslie Hawley.

With $2.5 million in federal funding, a CYFS research team is exploring the power of partnerships to benefit Nebraska’s youngest children.

Led by Lisa Knoche, CYFS research associate professor, the team aims to improve developmental outcomes—specifically language and social-emotional skills—for infants and toddlers. Their project is one of four national studies funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. Together, research findings will inform local and national Early Head Start programs, which provide early childhood services for low-income families.

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