Public release of a new report from the Buffett Institute and Gallup that examines Nebraskans' perspectives on early childhood programs and investments across the state. The event includes a brief overview of findings followed by a panel discussion about the report's implications for the Panhandle. Urban and Rural Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education is the third report in a series based on findings from the statewide Buffett Early Childhood Institute/Gallup Survey on Early Childhood Care and Education in Nebraska. More than 7,100 Nebraskans responded to the historic statewide survey, making it the largest public opinion poll ever conducted on early childhood issues in the state.
Samuel J. Meisels, founding executive director of the Buffett Institute, will present the report's findings. The panel discussion will include Sen. John Stinner, District 48 representative in the Nebraska Legislature; Kim Engel, director of the Panhandle Public Health District; Kathleen Gallagher, Cille and Ron Williams Community Chair at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Buffett Institute; Jeff West, chair of the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and administrator of ESU 13; and Caroline Winchester, superintendent of Chadron Public Schools.