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Professional Development for All

PD for All is a series of free professional development opportunities open to all early childhood professionals who serve young children, birth through Grade 3. The series introduces leading-edge research and innovative practices and also gives participants the opportunity to come together and learn from one another. 

2023–24 PD for All Series – Nurturing Positive Adult-Child Interactions When Behaviors Challenge Us


The 2023-24  Professional Development for All (PD for All) series will offer three evening events in late winter and spring 2024 on topics related to the theme. Participants will acquire strategies for assessing age-appropriate child development and offering appropriate assistance throughout the developmental process, while also recognizing external factors that may impact children's behavior. Participants will also develop an understanding of the crucial role educators play in fostering a positive and safe learning environment.

Each event will be structured in a town hall-style gathering. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions; some of these will be answered by the speaker. All three events will be eligible for 90 minutes of training for licensed child care providers, for a total of 4.5 clock hours. Buffett Institute staff will distribute certificates at the end of each event. Participants must register for each event to be eligible to receive credit.

The first event was Feb. 29 with Tabatha Rosproy, a career early childhood educator who in 2020 became the first early childhood educator to be honored as a National Teacher of the Year.
WATCH NOW: Video of Rosproy's presentation

The second event, on April 2, featured a community panel including Bianca Sherman, assistant principal at Nelson Mandela Elementary; Paige Muhammad, third grade teacher at Wakonda Elementary; Ana Yumul, owner of Bella's Daycare; Stephanie Huckins, a therapist at Arbor Family Counseling; Alesia Braimah, a parent/author/entrepreneur; and Nicole Looper, executive director of the Nelson Mandela Early Childhood Development Center.

The third event will be May 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., and is aimed at Spanish-speaking early childhood professionals. The evening will feature early childhood trainer Carolina Cajica, a Las Vegas-based early childhood educator with more than 25 years in the field.
Note: Registration for this event is now closed. The presentation will be entirely in Spanish, with English interpretation available.


WATCH NOW: One "bite-sized" video featuring local early childhood professionals offering valuable insights on the importance of understanding a child's developmental process when addressing challenging behaviors, while also emphasizing the significance of maintaining positive adult-child interactions.



Click here for presentations, videos, and resources from our Professional Development for All events.


For more information about Professional Development for All, please contact Keshia Partridge-Nelson at

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