What is this about?

A state-wide conference for multidisciplinary professionals to connect on issues to improve the outcomes of young children.

Who should attend?

Judges, county attorneys , caseworkers parents attorneys, Guardians ad litem, CASA's EDN providers, Head Start personnel, school representatives, early childhood educators, Home Visitors, medical/health and mental health professionals, Foster Care Review Office, service providers and family members.

Notable speakers included:
  • Dr. Matthew Blomstedt (Nebraska's Commissioner of Education)
  • Courtney Phillips (CEO of Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services
  • Susanne Shore (First Lady of Nebraska)
  • Dr. Brenda Jones-Harden (Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College Park)
  • Dr. Samuel Meisels (Executive Director of NU's Buffet Early Childhood Institute)
  • A Policy Panel moderated by Jen Goettemoeller of First Five Nebraska. This panel will include:
    • Tom Casady (Lincoln Public Safety Director and Former Chief of Police)
    • Senator Galen Hadley (Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature)
    • Jessie Rasmussen (President of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund)
    • Doug Weinberg (Director of Nebraska DHHS-Children and Families Services)
    • Dr. Rachel Wise (President of the Nebraska State Board of Education)


Save the date for the next NCYI: June 26-27, 2018!

Handouts from the 2016 NYCI are still available.