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Early Childhood Workforce Commission

The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission is a group of public and private-sector leaders working to develop a comprehensive plan for improving Nebraska's early childhood workforce.

A Skilled, informed, diverse early childhood workforce for nebraska

The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission is a group of public and private-sector leaders convened by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska to develop a multi-year, comprehensive plan for improving the state’s early childhood workforce. The commission’s ultimate goal is to ensure a skilled, informed, and diverse workforce is available to meet the needs of all of Nebraska’s children from birth through age 8.

The group will foster consensus for needed improvements in multiple systems that impact early childhood settings and professionals, including key systems representative of professional preparation and learning, policy, and early care and education delivery. It is charged with facilitating and promoting collaboration among the state’s two- and four-year universities and colleges, the Nebraska Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, and other key stakeholders throughout the state, and assisting with public education and outreach.


The commission is co-chaired by Dr. Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Dr. Samuel Meisels, founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Membership draws from state government agencies, higher education, public schools, child care, philanthropy, practitioners, and the business community.



The commission will meet quarterly over a three-year period (2017 – 2019), with the first official meeting scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017. In addition to the creation of a comprehensive statewide plan for improving and expanding the early childhood workforce, targeted implementation plans will be developed by task forces or work groups consisting of commission members and other stakeholders. Reports and recommendations will be announced as appropriate. A list of key milestones for the commission’s work is included in the “Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Overview,” which is posted below.



For more information about the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, please contact Laurie Griffiths at