Early Childhood Professionals

The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice

The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice (NCRP) is part of the University of Nebraska Lincoln-Center for Children, Families, and the Law’s Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children and has been providing reflective practice Facilitated Attuned Interaction (FAN) training to early childhood professionals since 2016. 

NCRP’s work with early childhood promotes high quality childcare services by assisting professionals in improving their interactions with and social/emotional connection to colleagues, families, and others. Reflective Practice offers methods for easing the emotional effects of work by encouraging providers to examine the connections between past actions, emotions, experiences, and responses to understand impact on current work performance and as a means of making positive emotional changes for the future.  Initial results show promising trends in increased reflective ability and decreased workplace burnout.

Benefits of Reflective Practice


  • Provides a safe space for professionals to work through stressful and/or traumatic experiences in order to lessen the negative effects of the emotionally intrusive nature of their work.
  • Strengthens individual abilities, such as thinking critically, reflecting on and controlling emotion, developing stronger professional identity and career path, and embracing personal accountability
  • Builds staff’s capability to reflect on how personal and work events impact behavior and thought
  • Increases staff confidence and competence
  • Strengthens program quality
  • Creates a culture shift from an environment of reacting to responding
  • Promotes open communication
  • Teaches a blended model of supervision where leaders can maintain program expectations and standards, while simultaneously addressing the complex inter-personal nature of the work
  • Helps professionals handle staff issues more effectively


Learn More about Reflective Practice

Contact: Kelli Hauptman