Early Childhood in Nebraska

Nebraska has many individuals and organizations working to improve the early years for our state's youngest citizens. 


First FIve Nebraska

First Five Nebraska is a team of professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in government relations, data analysis and strategic communications. We work to ensure that more of Nebraska's youngest, most vulnerable children begin life with the kinds of developmental experiences that set them on a path to becoming successful students and productive citizens.


Heckman Equation

Professor Heckman's ground-breaking work with a consortium of economists, psychologists, statisticians and neuroscientists shows that early childhood development directly influences economic health and social outcomes for individuals and society. Adverse early environments create deficits in skills and abilities that drive down productivity and increase social costs–thereby adding to financial deficits borne by the public.


Harvard Center for the Developing Child

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

We believe that advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life. Founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. We design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders. Together, we seek transformational impacts on lifelong learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is an innovative research, practice, policy, and outreach institute that draws on the resources of the four University of Nebraska campuses. The Institute is dedicated to promoting the development and learning of children from birth through age 8. For more information, visit buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu.

The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC) is part of UNL-Center on Children, Families and the Law (UNL-CCFL) and focuses on improving outcomes for maltreated young children in Nebraska. The NRPVYC works both at a systems level in partnership with other Nebraska organizations and on a local case level with court teams, state agencies, local organizations and local providers to address the needs of young children in their courts and on their caseloads. Systems issues include expanding and stabilizing evidence-based practices for young children like Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), increasing access to early intervention (EDN) services, supporting expansion of problem-solving and therapeutic court processes especially those involving young children, utilizing reflective practice for professionals, and increasing access to high quality child care. Case level issues focus on developmental needs, placements, the parent-child relationship, child care and medical care. The NRPVYC also provides training to caseworkers, attorneys, judges and others on evidence-based practices, identifying trauma in young children, representing young children and other issues. For more information, go to www.nebraskababies.com.

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