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November 09, 2015

Omaha Early Childhood Experts and Educators Featured at National Conference

Omaha, Neb. — Local early childhood experts and educators will speak to hundreds of early education advocates from across the country Nov. 9 – 10 in Omaha. Conference attendees are gathering at the Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass Street) for the Alliance for Early Success’ annual partner summit. The national organization, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, works to advance state policies that lead to improved health, learning, and economic outcomes for young children, starting at birth and continuing through age 8.

Media are welcome to attend presentations by Omaha early education leaders:

3:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 (Ballroom C, Hilton Omaha)
Changing Lives -- from Birth Onwards

  • Samuel J. Meisels, Founding Executive Director, Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Meisels will speak about the impact of multiple risk factors on young children's development, differences in how parents speak to and interact with their children, and the effects of poverty on children's brain growth. Meisels will discuss how the Buffett Institute is linking research to practice and policy in order to narrow the achievement gap and improve children's foundation for success in life.

12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10 (Ballroom A, Hilton Omaha)
Closing the achievement Gap: The Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan in Omaha

  • Mark Evans, Superintendent, Omaha Public Schools
  • Jim Sutfin, Superintendent, MIllard Public Schools
  • Ilka Oberst, Principal, Liverty Elementary, Omaha Public Schools
  • Heidi Penke, Principal, Sandoz Elementary, Millard Public Schools
  • Stephan Jackson, Supervisor, Douglas Country Health Department
  • Moderated by Christine Maxwell, Director of Program Development, Buffett Institute

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and the 11 Omaha area superintendents have launched a ground-breaking partnership to reduce achievement gaps by starting at birth and continuing through Grade 3. Participants will discuss the promise of collaboration and identify levers for sustainability and replication.

For more information about the Alliance for Early Success, visit

About the Buffett Early Childhood Institute
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is an innovative research, policy, and outreach institute that draws on the resources of the four University of Nebraska campuses. Dedicated to promoting the development and learning of children from birth through age 8, the Institute focuses especially on those who are at risk because of poverty, conditions of high stress and familial challenge, or developmental delays. Visit for more information.

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