Families

Infants and young children are learning about their environment and developing skills in many areas at the same time. Every child is unique and differences in their rate of development can be expected. However, there are some guidelines to help parents and professionals to determine how a child compares with most children their age.

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Do you have concerns about your child's ability to see, talk, hear, move, eat, play? Call us today at 402-471-2471 or toll-free 1-888-806-6287 to talk to someone about your concerns.

The Early Development Network is a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Departments of Education and the Health & Human Services to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

The Early Development Network (EDN) provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. These services are designed to act on what families think is important for their child and family. The Network is staffed by friendly, supportive people who listen to and respect families. The Network also can connect families with other families who have had similar experiences. The goal of the Early Development Network is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child's disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child's development.

The Early Development Network-Babies Can't Wait can help you and your family support and promote your child’s development, within your family activities and community life. 

The Early Development Network serves children from birth to age three and their families. A child is eligible for services if he or she is not developing typically, or has been diagnosed with a health condition that will affect his or her development.

As a parent of a child with a disability, you have certain rights which are guaranteed by state (Rule 51) and federal (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act {IDEA}) laws.

Services Coordination means a central contact person, known as the services coordinator, is assigned to each family.

Parents or guardians can get involved in many ways. Learn more!

Address your concerns about your child’s early development with your local planning region team