Introducing Bring Up Nebraska, a Statewide Prevention Initiative




Go to www.nebraskaimpact.com for volunteer opportunities or get involved with your local collaborative.

Provide a financial gift to a community collaborative or learn more about Bring Up Nebraska by visiting www.bringupnebraska.org.

Find out more about how you and your community can join Bring Up Nebraska by contacting Jennifer Skala at jskala@nebraskachildren.org.


Celebrating 150 Nebraska Hwy 77 Cleanup

Weather Cancellations will be posted at S. Sioux City Hall and on
Facebook @KeepNortheastNebraskaBeautiful.

For more information, contact: Sally at sreinert@evertek.net or Dawn at 712.224.8905




14th Annual March to Honor Lost Children

Educational Workshops

CEUs and CLEs available!

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

St. Francis Center, Stark Student Center

Annual Memorial March | Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

Free and open to the public!

For more information and schedule of events or to register online,

visit briarcliff.edu/MarchForLostChildren

Donations accepted and appreciated.

Make checks payable to: Memorial March to Honor Lost Children and mail to:

SHIP 1520
Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA, 51104

Co-sponsoring with Briar Cliff University’s social work program are Center for Active Generations, Four Directions, Ho-Chunk, Inc., Iowa Department of Human Services, Omaha Tribe, Ponca Tribe, Santee Nation, Sioux City Human Rights Commission, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP), Third Judicial District Court of Iowa, Winnebago Tribe and Mercy Child Advocacy Center.


Coordinated Care Manager

Coordinated Care Manager/Family Coach Position:

  1. We are looking for 3 different agencies that can meet with families and work together with them to identify the most effective and available supports and services in the area in order to address the family’s current needs and their future goals.

  2. Care management is a key component to Community Response. This is the agency that goes out to the family and builds that key relationships and helps them make a “Family Plan” based on the family’s needs. This is an opportunity for an agency to come in and offer/find supports for families before they are in crisis.

  3. This position will work closely with the Community Response Central Navigator in responding to family needs. Information and forms will need to be shared between them.

  4. The Coordinated Care Manager/Family Coach should be able to respond to a family within 24 hours of being contacted about a family in need.

  5. The three agencies will rotate responding to calls. The Central Navigator will call the agencies.

Expectations of Coordinated Care Management/Family Coach

The Coordinated Care Manager will provide monthly statements, on their letterhead, detailing the number of clients and units of hours served. The rate of pay for this position is $50.00 per hour

  1. Utilize the CR forms and tools with the family to identify risks, needs, and determine and achieve desired goals.
  2. Use an array of approaches, skills, evidence based practices and community resources to assist family in reaching and sustaining the protective factors.

  3. Connect a family to other resources that address increasing protective factors to allow for sustainability

  4. Provide stabilization supports to families and care managed support for homeless or near homeless families to support families in transition to affordable permanent supportive housing.

  5. Provide financial case management support and skills to stabilize economic life.

If you are interested in the Coordinated Care Management Positon Please email the name of your agency and why you think you would be a good fit to: (We will be looking for 3 agencies to provide these services and sign an MOU with)

JoAnn Gieselman
DCC Coordinator
Dakota County Connections

Office: 712-222-6383
Cell#: 712-223-9614
Fax: 712-222-6216

Agency Name_________

Our agency would be a good match for this position because_______________


Dakota County Connections Library Display

Dakota County Connections had a display up in the South Sioux City Library. The display shared information about the different services the program provides for the community.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

This brief video explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, the groundbreaking research revealing the link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.


Teaching Strategies: GOLD™ Seminar

Teaching Strategies: GOLD™
Daily Use of Teaching Strategies Data Reports

For early childhood providers and educators, service providers, and administrators working in school districts and partner programs serving children Birth to 5.

March 29 & 30, 2016

Educational Service Unit #10

76 Plaza Blvd.

Kearney, NE 68848


Training sessions 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Continental Breakfast and Lunch included.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

3/29/16: Classroom teachers, Childcare providers, and other practitioners will learn how to use GOLD data while reflecting on child outcomes in order to drive instructional practices and target needed skill development.

3/30/16: Administrators will learn how to use GOLD data to reflect on programmatic trends and practices in order to drive curriculum evaluation and professional development for staff.

Registration Fee: $20 per day

Space is limited. Please register early to assure your place.

Registration is due March 22nd, 2016.

Click here for registration form


Scholarships for Single Parents

Attention Single Parents!

Are you ready to continue you education, but you need financial assistance?

Scholarships & Certification Grants awarded annually.

Proceeds from United Way of Siouxland’s Annual Women’s Power Lunch provides funding to make these awards possible.

Award Eligible Schools

  • Briar Cliff University
  • Morningside College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Wayne State College
  • St. Luke’s College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College

Call Women Aware at 712.258.4174 for more information.

Click to download the PDF.


October: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

October is SIDS Awareness Month.  Read on to learn more about safe infant sleep and tips that families, early care and education providers can take to help keep babies healthy and safe.

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month!

By Katherine A. Beckmann, Ph.D, M.P.H., Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Health and Development

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood

About 3,500 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are the result of unknown causes, Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is defined as an unidentified cause of death in a baby younger than one year, even after the performance of an autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the infant’s and family’s clinical histories. Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between one and four months of age and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths occur before six months. However, SIDS deaths can occur anytime during a baby’s first year. Approximately, 20 percent of SIDS-related deaths occur in child care settings.

The Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as Back to Sleep®) aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce to the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Over the past two decades, we’ve made great progress in helping to reduce the risk of SIDS by more than 50 percent across the country, as a whole. However, disparities still exist.  For example, African American infants are twice as likely as white infants to die of SIDS. Similarly, American Indian/Alaska Native infants are three times as likely as white infants to die of SIDS.

How can you make a safe sleep environment?

  • Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing—keeping baby’s sleep area in the same room next to where you sleep
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet
  • Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area
  • Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

What can you do to spread the word?

Now is a great time to start planning October events to get the word out about safe infant sleep! Here are ideas and free resources to help you plan SIDS Awareness Month activities:

  • Community events: Set up a booth at community events, such as health fairs, state fairs, or downtown markets.
  • Educational seminars: Organize an educational seminar or presentation with specific populations, such as African American congregations, early childhood education students, first responders, or older community members.
  • Fundraising events: If you’re hosting a fundraising event, include Safe to Sleep® materials in the registration packet.
  • Public Service Announcements: Ask your local radio or TV station to share information about SIDS. If you have local stories to include, broadcasts with testimony from parents affected by infant death can be particularly powerful.
  • Display Resources: Create a display with information or brochures for use in children’s hospitals, barber shops and hair salons, obstetrician offices, and pediatrician offices.
  • For Familieso   Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleepo   A grandparents brochure on safe infant sleep (English and en español)

    o   A safe sleep environment one-pager (English and en español)

  • For General Education Training:o   A Safe Infant Sleep video in English and en español.o   Healthy Native Babies Project materials for American Indian/Alaska Native communities

    o   Brochures for general outreach as well as African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic communities

For more information, please visit http://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov, http://www.cdc.gov/sids/index.htm, and http://www.healthychildcare.org/SIDS.html.


Al’s Caring Pals Program

Al’s Caring Pals Program will be in Dakota City, NE Sept. 24 and Oct. 20, 2015 as well as Jan. 12 and Feb. 23, 2016. The program’s educational sessions use experiential learning methods to strengthen the providers’ abilities to:

  • Teach and encourage use of feeling language and kind words
  • Value children’s individuality
  • Develop children’s creativity
  • Guide problem-solving

Secessions Registration Form: AL’s Pals <—–Click to Download

Registerstation Deadline: September 14th

Where: USDA Service Center 1505 Broadway, Dakota City, Nebraska

When: 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: $10 (Limited to 15 providers)

Featured Presenter: Ruth Vonderohe, Nebraska Extension Education in Knox County