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Being Present

A conference for professionals that work with children and families in their home, such as: home visitors, parent coaches, visiting nurses or home healthcare workers, service coordinators, early childhood or classroom teachers, migrant coordinators, Head Start or Early Head Start teachers, Family Support workers, and early childhood mental health providers.

The theme is Being Present with Your Practice and will feature prominent national and state speakers:

  • Dr. Brenda Jones-Hardin, of Yale University, Professor in Human Development at the University of Maryland-College Park, VP of ZERO TO THREE Board, will focus on the developmental and mental health needs of young children at risk for child maltreatment and bringing research to practice;
  • Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers, Assistant Professor and Early Childhood Extension Specialist, Dept. of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, will engage participants in deliberate mindfulness activities in order to optimize reflective practice in home visiting;
  • Dr. Laura Jana, Pediatrician, early educator, nationally-acclaimed Author, and Professor at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center, will demonstrate how nurturing skills today will shape our children’s future.
  • Other topics: Home Visiting research and practice, good nutrition for a healthy brain, changing the intergenerational pathways of trauma, maternal mental health, securing attachment between child and caregiver, meeting unique needs of immigrant and refugee families, and much more.


October 29th, 2019 Preconference
October 30th, 2019 Conference
Younes Conference Center, Kearney NE

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October 29th for the Part-Day Pre-Conference featuring:

  • Facilitated viewing of the film Resilience – Children & Families Foundation
  • Current Drug Trends – Chuck Elley
  • Working with Families – Project Harmony
  • Reflective Practices – UNL Center for Children Families & the Law

October 30th Full-Day Conference; Sneak Peek of sessions:

  • Working with immigrants and refugees
  • Early Development Network Parental Rights 101
  • Supporting mental and physical health
  • Understanding the Juvenile Justice system
  • Understanding domestic violence
  • Maternal Depression
  • Team building, self-care, safety and many, many more!!

Support from community partners is critical to the success of this popular event. The different tiers of sponsorship provide an opportunity to showcase your organization’s commitment to families in Nebraska.

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