April 1, 2020
Howard Liu is making time to sit on the floor with his preschooler. Dr. Liu, like most doctors, is terribly busy these days. And Liu, like most adults, is feeling stressed, anxious, afraid. He's worried about his 100-year-old grandmother stuck by herself in a nursing home. He's worried about his employees. He's worried about a global pandemic...
February 11, 2020
The people who are changing the future for the children of Albion, Nebraska, sit together at a table, explaining why they had to change it. Parents in Boone County had been pleading for more child care for years, citing it again and again in community meetings as the area's most desperate need...
January 31, 2020
You sat in the room, and you could feel it happening. The state senator who runs the Legislature's powerful Appropriations Committee could feel it. He leaned into the microphone in front of a packed hotel ballroom Thursday morning and argued that a newly released report can aid Nebraska's working families...
January 28, 2020
Ninety percent. That's the giant part of a child's brain formed by the time she blows out the candles on her sixth birthday cake. Ninety percent. Those are the first two words that pop into Sam Meisels's head when the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is quizzed by a stranger...
January 16, 2020
On a recent morning, the Mount View Elementary School principal and four of her teachers gather around a table and stare down at the imaginary student they have just created for a game meant to help them better understand their real students...
December 17, 2019
The mother and daughter reach the bus stop just after dawn each school morning. On some
like this one, it snows and the No. 14 bus is late. Sometimes it takes Shana Wilkins and her
3-year-old, Artellia, an hour and a half to get from their home to 30th and Ames, the
location of Pinewood Elementary. It doesn't matter...
December 10, 2019
It is midmorning in Miss Chelsea's classroom. Time to paint. The
eight infants and toddlers in Chelsea Perry's class at Omaha's Child Saving Institute get
out the paints and some large Lego blocks and begin to stamp their papers with swirls of
color. These budding Picassos range in age from 9 months to 3 years...
October 28, 2019
Sam Meisels's face is flushed. His tie is slightly
askew. He's nearing the end of a speech to state board of education leaders from across the
United States. His voice is rising...
September 23, 2019
The police chief came because he can't forget the family he once knew too well. The father of
family sold drugs. Bryan Waugh, then an Omaha narcotics detective, would often go to his
arrest him. When he did, he would sometimes see children in the home...
September 13, 2019
August 21, 2019