Start Early. Start well.
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute works with schools, communities and families to apply the best of what is known about early care, development, and education and in ways that directly improve children’s learning and development.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Research

RESEARCH

Applied research in support of the learning and development of children at risk, birth through age 8.

Practice

PRACTICE

Working with others to implement evidence-based practices that improve young children's learning and development.

Policy

POLICY

Public policy informed by the best available evidence of what works to improve learning and developmental outcomes.

Outreach

OUTREACH

Outreach and public education to share what we know about early childhood and to encourage supportive environments for young children.

Achievement Gap Challenge

Our goal is to narrow or eliminate social/emotional, cognitive, and achievement gaps between Nebraska’s children living in poverty and those from economically advantaged families. Research tells us these gaps can be prevented when we invest in children during the critical early years. The statewide Achievement Gap Challenge was launched in the Omaha area in fall 2014 through the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Over time, we will develop similar initiatives that meet the needs of other communities. MORE

42% of children 5 years old and younger in nebraska are at risk of eventually failing in school*
153,612Children Age 0-5 In Nebraska
64,427 Children 0-5 at Risk in Nebraska

Early Childhood Workforce Development

This program focuses on improving the quantity, quality and skills of educators and other professionals who teach and care for children from birth through third grade. Nebraska—and the nation—faces a severe shortage of qualified early childhood professionals. MORE

NUMBER OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS NEEDED IN NEBRASKA*

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Current 2,005

Early childhood staff serving at-risk children, from birth through age 5, in settings that have high quality standards

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Needed 7,985

Early childhood staff needed to ensure that all children at risk, from birth through age 5, participate in programs with quality standards