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Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission

Elevating Nebraska's Early Childhood Workforce: Report and Recommendations of the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission is a groundbreaking report that outlines the urgent need to prioritize the early childhood workforce in Nebraska for our children, families, communities, and state. Read the report

one-year implementation update

A summary of some of the key initiatives that members of the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission have been involved in over the past year that support Nebraska’s early childhood workforce and address varying aspects of the commission’s recommendations. 

One-year update (download PDF)
One-year update (view online)



The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission in 2020 released its report, Elevating Nebraska's Early Childhood Workforce. Full video of the event can be found here.  

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In the coming months, commission members will be involved in forming a statewide coalition to bring Nebraskans together to implement the recommendations in the report. There is a role for everyone. Join us by filling out this short information form


Vision: Nebraska will elevate the early childhood workforce to a priority profession benefitting all children from birth through Grade 3.

Workforce Commission report goal 1

goal 1

Ensure the early childhood workforce is highly qualified and reflects the diversity of the children and families they serve. (1) Define and support high-quality practice across all early childhood settings. (2) Develop accessible and affordable professional pathways.

Workforce Commission report goal 2

goal 2

Fully fund high-quality care and education by 2030. (1) Build on Nebraska's current early care and education investment. (2) Develop locally informed cost estimates of high-quality early care and education. (3) Close the funding gap.

Workforce Commission report goal 3

goal 3

Nebraskans champion the critical role of the early childhood workforce in young children's learning and development. Lasting change requires collective action: (1) Inform Nebraskans. (2) Engage Nebraskans. (3) Seek Nebraskans' commitment.

Workforce report: Goal 4

goal 4

Implement the commission's recommendations. (1) Develop and implement the infrastructure needed. (2) Engage stakeholders across Nebraska.

The commission was co-chaired by Marjorie J. Kostelnik, professor of Child, Youth, and Family Studies and formerly dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Samuel J. Meisels, founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.
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