Start Early. Start well.
The mission of The Buffett Early Childhood Institute is to transform the lives of young children by improving their learning and development.
Who we are

Who we are

We are an innovative research, practice, and policy institute of the University of Nebraska.

We harness the multidisciplinary resources of all four campuses of the university to promote the development and learning of children from birth through age 8. Our efforts are focused especially on children who are vulnerable because of poverty, abuse, or developmental delays. MORE

What we do

What We Do

We put knowledge that exists into action to improve children's learning and development.

We transform early childhood development and education through applied research, professional preparation for early childhood educators and providers, public policy, and outreach. MORE

Why We Do It

Why We Do It

Research teaches us all that the most effective time to affect a child's future is from birth through age 8.

We believe all children deserve the opportunity to develop, learn, and succeed in life. And we know that the earliest years are the best time to help children build a strong foundation for long-term success. MORE

Current Initiatives

Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan

An innovative, comprehensive approach to reducing achievement and opportunity gaps for children, birth through Grade 3, in the 11 school districts of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. MORE

Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Nebraska

Statewide conversations among universities and colleges (2- and 4-year, public and private) to develop an action plan for tackling Nebraska’s shortage of highly qualified early childhood professionals. MORE

Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey

A survey of teachers and early education professionals who work in licensed home-based and licensed center-based programs, and Kindergarten and elementary school classrooms is the first of its kind in Nebraska. MORE

“For children at risk, early childhood programs are nothing less than a lifeline to success.”


Nebraska’s Children in Need

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute's work begins in our home state, where the need for high-quality early childhood programs and services is urgent and growing.

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Forty-one percent of Nebraska’s children from birth through age 5 are considered at risk for school failure.

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at least 50%

In 36 counties across Nebraska, at least 50 percent of children birth through age 5 meet at-risk criteria.

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only 7-8%

Only 7-8 percent of Nebraska’s vulnerable infants and toddlers participate in programs recognized as meeting quality standards.

Source: First Five Nebraska