Bright Beginnings – Promising Futures

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Everything that happens in the first five years of a child’s life has a dramatic impact on their development, and in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, approximately 15,000 children under age five do not receive quality care and education, and 3,500 of those children are not prepared to enter school. The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative’s Family and Community Services are committed to ensuring that every child receives the care and education they need to have a healthy start in life and serve as a central point of intake for NECC’s community partnerships. The services we provides are a direct result of a 2007 study that showed the disparities at the kindergarten level for African-American and Hispanic children from their white counterparts. NECC’s Family and Community Services provide teens and young parents and their children with access to the services that the Omaha Community provides.

Quality early childhood education is essential for success in life and impacts social-emotional and language development, success in school, and economic prosperity. Our mission at the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is to address these issues and provide children and families the opportunities they need.


Douglas County Community Response Program

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The Douglas County Community Response Program was established to inspire and mobilize a community response prevention system where children in Douglas County, Nebraska have a safe, quality family and community environment. Leaders in the Douglas County community work across systems and community collaborations to promote child well-being, and provide a coordinated prevention system of services to create safe, quality environments for children and families in Nebraska.

View our DCCR Collaborative info sheet for more information on the Douglas County Community Response Program.


Teen & Young Parent Program

Pregnancy and parenting can be both exciting and overwhelming and comes with countless questions in need of answers. How do I care for myself and my child? What will my family and friends think? If you have questions or need support, the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is here to help. The Teen & Young Parent Program program can provide parents with prenatal education, parenting education, support to remain in school, or anything in between. The program is a comprehensive, integrated system of early health, academic, and family services.

The Teen & Young Parent Program (TYPP) is committed to ensuring that families of young children (birth to eight) receives support to promote healthy lifestyles and to increase educational attainment for parents and their children.

Goals for Children (Prenatal — Five Years Old):

  • Receive quality healthcare
  • Meet all developmental milestones
  • Live in safe stable home environments
  • Receive quality childcare

Goals for Young Parents:

  • Pursue high school graduation, post-secondary education and employment
  • Achieve self-sufficiency and confidence in their parenting
  • Reduce unplanned pregnancies
  • Maintain good health for themselves and children

To reach these goals, NECC leads a collaborative network of local service agencies to meet the growing needs of young families in our community. Working together, this partnership provides a full range of essential services and guidance to help young parents build stronger families.

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Services Include:

Pregnancy testing
Pregnancy counseling (options)
Childbirth education
Parenting classes
Tutoring and study groups
Transportation assistance
Job search assistance
Support groups
Professional counseling
Doula services
And much more!


Referrals

ecs-omaha-childNECC – TYPP does not directly provide services to teens and young families; rather, works with them to coordinate the most appropriate services in the area at no cost to the recipient(s). If you or someone you know may be interested in our services, please complete our referral form.

Persons eligible to receive Teen and Young Parent Program support services include teens and young families who:

  • Teens and Young Parents through age 25 caring for children prenatally through age 8
  • Live in Douglas or Sarpy County