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Reports and Publications

Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Evaluation: 2016-17

This report focuses on the second year 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.

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.

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.

Main Report

Second Report

Third Report

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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