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Early Learning Connection (ELC) – Nebraska Department of Education – Northern

Nebraska’s Early Learning Connection (ELC) is an integrated system of early childhood professional development. The ELC consists of a statewide hub at the Early Childhood Training Center and seven regional Early Learning Connection partnerships, along with other state and regional partners.


It is designed as a system that supports the career and professional development of all who provide programs and services for young children birth through age eight that includes:

  • Professional development for early childhood and school-age;

  • Supports for implementation utilizing early childhood coaches;

  • Program quality assessments – Environment Rating Scale (ERS) assessments for early learning;

  • Strategic planning with higher education (2-yr and 4-yr.) and other adult learning organizations;

  • Community engagement and outreach.

Elements of the Early Learning Connection professional development system to support a well-qualified and skilled workforce across a range of programs and services include:

The Early Learning Connection is supported with resources from the federal Child Care and Development Fund, IDEA Part C, IDEA Part B-619 and other public and private funding.

Services Provided

Professional Development for Child Care

  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • Continuing Inservice Credits
  • Coaching
  • Early Child Care Education
Contact Information
Erika Fink
211 Tenth Street
Wakefield, NE 68784
(402) 287-2065