Child & Youth Highlights
We provide research-based programs and education to help you support the development of children and youth.
(May 2013) UNL professor Susan Swearer, whose research on bullying has yielded collaborations with the White House and Lady Gaga, has launched a new initiative to support personal, social and cultural acceptance from childhood through adulthood. Read more.
(February 18, 2013) A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension book can help couples accentuate the positive.
(January 15, 2013) Beginning in February,Texts4Teachers delivers text messages for teachers of children from birth through age 8 that focus on the critical areas of: Child development, Family involvement, Social and emotional development; Health, safety, and nutrition; Curriculum and activities.
Texts4Teachers is designed to share research-based information and resources offered through UNL Extension that can support your work. When you subscribe, you will receive weekly short informational tips and links to existing resources where you can learn more. Learn how to subscribe
(December 11, 2012) As the federal government wrestles with the age-old issue of spending versus saving, three CYFS researchers have embarked on a study to pinpoint the economic value of Nebraska's investments in early childhood. Read full story on CYFS page.
(November 26, 2012) U R Parent is a new app designed for parents during the first year of their child’s life. It is a user-friendly innovation designed for iphones or ipads to make high quality, research-based information available to families 24/7. You can access the app in the Apple iTunes app store. This is a free download. Learn more about the app.
Early Childhood Education Specialists
(November 5, 2012) The search is on for an Early Childhood Education Specialist/Assistant Professor, and Master Teachers with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. You can find detailed job descriptions here:
(October 11, 2012) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educators are reaching out to train child care providers in 13 states that have high numbers of deployed service men and women. The UNL Extension Division, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is offering the training program designed specifically for providers serving military families who live off the grounds of military bases. Learn more about how UNL Extension is addressing the unique child care needs of military.
(September, 1 2012) Co-Parenting for Successful Kids (formerly known as Parents Forever) is now available online for parents who are divorcing or seeking custody modification, or for never-married parents seeking custody. The on-line course does not replace the Co-Parenting for Successful Kids classes that are offered across the state. This is simply another choice being offered to parents through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is an unbiased, research-based education class designed to help parents implement positive parenting skills. It meets the 2008 Nebraska Updated Parenting Act guidelines for parents. Learn more about Co-Parenting for Successful Kids Online
Child & Youth Events
Free Web App Teaches Youth About Making Smart Life Choices
Career Explorer - 4-H is a free app that provides middle and high school youth with an opportunity to learn about making smart life choices in their future. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska 4-H, and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Download Career Explorer free from the iTunes store.
Free Web App Teaches Youth Where Ag Products Come From
We Grow It, Do You Know It is a lively free app that gives kids their first lessons in how agriculture produces the things they love to eat – and even their crayons. From the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Download We Grow It, Do You Know It free from the iTunes store.
Healthy Snacking App
Snack Planet - is a game to promote the benefits of healthy snacking and exercise. Help Optimis, the robot, move quickly through the maze, grab the healthy foods and reach the exit before the time runs out. A word of warning though, steer clear of the snacks which are not healthy. They reduce both time and score.
Prospective UNL Students
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) offers child & youth development undergraduate majors and Master’s Degree and PhD graduate programs in a variety of academic disciplines.
Parenting Resources from eXtension.org
Practical parenting information from the nation’s largest and oldest network of universities.
Just in Time Parenting
Useful tips, e-newsletter, podcasts, videos and more to help parents in the most important job they will ever have.
Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network
Practical research-based information from the nation’s leading universities.
National 4-H Council
Official site of national 4-H youth development organization.
National Center for Research on Rural Education
The Center is invested in identifying effective school, teacher, and family supports to help advance the learning of students in rural settings.