Children, families, and communities are coming together to find ways to thrive, now and into the future.
Please plan to join us on Monday, Sept. 14, for an exciting day of virtual learning, sharing, and planning as community leaders from across Nebraska come together to focus on high-quality early childhood education and its connection to economic development and community vitality.
This year's conference will feature both live-streamed presentations as well as local watch parties where community leaders can come together to discuss challenges, share success stories, learn from each other, and develop plans for implementing and sustaining high-quality birth through Grade 3 care and education. Sites across Nebraska include Alliance, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, La Vista, Lincoln, McCook, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Omaha, Ord, and Scottsbluff. Additional sites are still being added. Please note that locations may change based on COVID-19 guidelines and local health department directives.
Nebraskans can attend a watch party or choose to attend virtually from their workplace or home.
This free conference is intended for community leaders, including those in education, economic development, child care, business, government, health care, higher education, and philanthropy, who have an interest in learning more about high-quality early childhood education programs and services and their important role in economic development.
After the morning conference on Sept. 14, representatives from communities participating in the statewide Communities for Kids initiative will engage in further planning efforts. This Nebraska Children and Families Foundation initiative is working with communities across Nebraska to advance their early childhood programming and services.
Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
First Five Nebraska
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Check back soon for more details, including a conference agenda, speaker biographies, and more information on communities that will be hosting watch parties.
Learn more about the 2018 and 2019 Thriving Children conferences