Dan Mauk Chairman Dividends Nebraska Executive Director Nebraska City Economic Development

Dan Mauk, Chairman
Executive Director of Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation

Workforce shortages have risen across Nebraska. We see critical mismatches in skill sets of many recent high school graduates. Early childhood education has proven to help address those issues as well as impacting long-term under employment and unemployment.
— Dan Mauk, Chairman of Dividends Nebraska
Learn more about Drew Theophilus and his vision for Dividends Nebraska, formerly the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable.

Learn more about Drew Theophilus and his vision for Dividends Nebraska, formerly the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable.

Drew Theophilus, Director
Former member of the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable and previously held the position of general counsel at a national media company

As you know, Nebraska faces significant challenges in its ability to field enough skilled, capable workers to meet the existing and emerging needs of business and industry. These challenges are compounded because too many of our youngest children— approximately 64,000 kids under age 5—are facing risk factors that can undercut their ability to succeed in school, and develop the skills and character we will need in our future workforce. To get ahead of that problem, a problem that touches every community in our state, we need to ensure that more of these kids begin life with the kinds of experiences that will help them succeed academically and socially, and keep our state’s talent pool competitive and growing. That begins with high-quality opportunities for early life development, and that’s the rationale for the work of Dividends Nebraska.
— Drew Theophilus, Director of Dividends Nebraska
Want to know how the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable began? Read why Jim Krieger has been an active supporter of early childhood investments.

Want to know how the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable began? Read why Jim Krieger has been an active supporter of early childhood investments.

Jim Krieger, Chair Emeritus
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Gallup

Clearly, the most efficient, accountable, and highest return on investment occurs in the first five years. It will reduce other demands on our tax dollars such as grade repetition, special education costs, workforce training, welfare, and incarceration. I challenge you to find an investment that can produce such a high rate of return for such a relatively modest level of expenditure.
— Jim Krieger, Past Chair of Dividends Nebraska