Begins at birth
Nebraska statute 79-1902 states that the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will collaborate to create a resource booklet titled Learning Begins at Birth. This booklet is to be given to the parents of each child born in Nebraska to provide information on child development, child care, how children learn, children’s health, services available to children and parents, and any other relevant information.
the mission

Resources built from a collective effort.

The Learning Begins at Birth Parent Guide resource resulted from a collective effort among dedicated Early Childhood Care and Education professionals as well as caring parents who committed countless hours in developing and reviewing content. Through relationships and networking, the group helped to assure that the guide has broad distribution to those who might benefit.

What the guide covers.

Our guide covers multitudes of important topics. To view all topics, access the Resources section of the site, or peruse a few of the topics below.
and birth
baby home
your baby’s
first year
your child’s
physical health

Resources for parents.

Children’s experiences, interactions, and environments in their first years form the neural foundation on which all future development is built. The stronger that foundation, the more likely children are to lead healthy, productive and successful lives. Learning Begins at Birth contains important information for families as they work to ensure their children have a strong foundation in their early years to help them thrive throughout their lives. Learning begins at birth, and this booklet is a resource to help families as they guide their children’s development.

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Our Location

Nebraska Department of Education

Department of Early Childhood

301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
This project was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0040-01-00, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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