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Elevating the Early Childhood Workforce Brochure

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Listed below are references and citations for the data cited in the Elevating the Early Childhood Workforce program brochure, which was published on Feb. 27, 2018.

  • Only 15% of Nebraskans are very satisfied with the quality of early care and education programs where they live. Buffett Early Childhood Institute/Gallup Survey on Early Care and Education in Nebraska (2016)
  • More than 76% of Nebraska parents work. U.S. Census Bureau (2016)
  • The average wage in Nebraska for child care providers in 2016 was just $22,930 a year—less than what a waitress can expect to make and below the poverty line for a family of four. Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education (2016)
  • 30% of home-based child care providers and 20% of center-based providers rely on some form of public assistance just to make ends meet. Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey, Buffett Early Childhood Institute (2017)
  • About 20% of PreK – Grade 3 teachers hold second jobs, and nearly 1 in 10 use public assistance. Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey, Buffett Early Childhood Institute (2017)
  • Eleven counties in Nebraska have no licensed child care facilities. Roughly 84% of the counties that do have such facilities don’t have enough available slots to meet the current demand. Kids Count (2016)
  • By frontloading our investments in education—doing it right the first time—we can expect a return of anywhere from $7 to $13 on every dollar spent. The Heckman Equation
  • Nearly 80% of Nebraska’s children age 5 and younger are in paid child care. Buffett Early Childhood Institute research staff

Elevating the Early Childhood Workforce is a signature program of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Visit our workforce program webpage to learn earn more about the research, the plan, the partners, and what we’ve done so far to build a skilled, informed, and diverse early childhood workforce in Nebraska.

For more information, please contact Susan Sarver, Ph.D., Director of Workforce Planning and Development (

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