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Reports and Publications

Examination of the Fiscal and Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Nebraska's Early Childhood Workforce and the Early Childhood Care and Education System

Interim Study Report on Legislative Resolution 390 released on Feb. 16, 2021, by the Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska Legislature. The report includes study findings as well as committee recommendations.

Nebraska COVID-19 Early Care and Education Provider Survey II

According to a new survey released Aug. 4, Nebraska’s early care and education providers are under extraordinary stress and need more support to stay in business. In addition to other stressors, if the COVID-19 pandemic continues or worsens, Nebraska could lose many of its licensed child care providers unless financial assistance is provided.

Elevating Nebraska's Early Childhood Workforce: Report and Recommendations of the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission

The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, a group of more than 40 Nebraska public- and private-sector leaders, released a groundbreaking report on Jan. 30 to address the challenges facing the early childhood workforce. Elevating Nebraska’s Early Childhood Workforce: Report and Recommendations of the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission is the culmination of three years of effort by the commission, formed to tackle one of the most complex and pressing challenges facing Nebraska today—expanding and strengthening the state’s early childhood workforce to meet children’s needs throughout the first eight years of life.

2019 Nebraska Child Care Market Rate Survey Report

The market rate survey, conducted by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, will be used to help set child care subsidy reimbursement rates in Nebraska for 2019  ̶  2021.

The Nebraska Panhandle: An Assessment of Birth-Grade 3 Care and Education

A new collaborative report is intended to better understand and improve early learning and developmental outcomes for children in the Panhandle. The report was produced by Educational Service Unit 13, the Panhandle Partnership, Inc., and the Buffett Institute. The report details key findings based on extensive community mapping work and information obtained from four months of focus groups with more than 200 Panhandle residents across 15 communities. Participating school district communities included Alliance, Banner County, Bayard, Chadron, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Garden County, Gering, Gordon-Rushville, Kimball, Mitchell, Morrill, Potter-Dix, Scottsbluff, and Sidney. Findings from the report were shared April 17, 2019, at a special luncheon and panel discussion in Gering.

Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Evaluation

These reports focus on the implementation of the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan, an innovative, groundbreaking approach to reducing income- and race-based achievement gaps by focusing on the "School as Hub" for birth through Grade 3 approach. The plan is the largest effort of its kind in the nation, affecting more than 3,500 children and over 500 educators and other early childhood professionals in the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

2019-20 Report (fifth year of implementation)

2018-19 Report (fourth year of implementation)

2017-18 Report (third year of implementation)

2016-17 Report (second year of implementation)

Five Year Report

This report presents a by-the-numbers profile and the details of who we are and what we've accomplished in our first five years.

Technology-Supported Early Childhood Professional Development in Nebraska

This report investigates the current uses of technology in early childhood professional development, how Nebraska programs are integrating technology into their professional development, and how technology can be leveraged to provide more access and more effective professional development to early child care providers in the state. The report was authored by Jan Esteraich for the Buffett Institute. Esteraich is a doctoral student in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies (CYAF) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey

This survey—the largest and most comprehensive study ever of Nebraska's early childhood workforce—provides insights into the current status, working conditions, and attitudes of teachers and caregivers responsible for children from birth through Grade 3. Findings from the survey, conducted by the Buffett Institute with assistance from the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, were presented Sept. 6, 2017, in Lincoln.

Research briefs resulting from analysis of the survey data were released in January and April 2019. Just out: the brief Risk Factors for Depression Among Early Childhood Teachers, which is based on a study, Workforce well-being: Personal and workplace contributions to early educators' depression across settings. That study was published in late March in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey

Early Childhood Teacher Turnover in Nebraska

Risk Factors for Depression Among Early Childhood Teachers

Our First Three Years

This report published in November 2016 shares the story of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute's first three years of operations—how we came to be, what we've accomplished, and where we're going. It includes a forward from Hank Bounds, president of the University of Nebraska.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute/Gallup Survey on Early Childhood Care and Education in Nebraska

The purpose of the Buffett Institute/Gallup Survey was to gather public opinion data about Nebraskans’ attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about early care and education across the state. The findings of the main report, Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education, were announced March 29, 2016, in Lincoln. The second report, Nebraskans Speak About the Early Care and Education Workforce, was released Oct. 24, 2016, in Kearney, Neb. The third report, Urban and Rural Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education, was released March 24, 2017, in Scottsbluff, Neb. The fourth and final report, Nebraska Parents Speak About Early Care and Education, was released June 6, 2017, in Omaha.

Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education (Main Report)

Nebraskans Speak About the Early Care and Education Workforce (Second Report)

Urban and Rural Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education (Third Report)

Nebraska Parents Speak About Early Care and Education (Fourth Report)

Conference Report: Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Nebraska

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute convened a statewide conference entitled “Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Nebraska” on October 5 - 6, 2015. The conference brought together educators from throughout the state to begin building a consensus around how to address Nebraska’s early childhood workforce needs. The conference report includes a summary of presentations, emerging themes, and next steps.

Nebraska Higher Education Inventory 

The Nebraska Higher Education Inventory (2015) conducted by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at University of California, Berkeley, in conjunction with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, provides the most complete picture to date of the state’s early childhood-related offerings and degree programs, focusing on variations in program content, age-group focus, student field-based learning, and faculty characteristics.

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