Science and Data Drive Our Work


41% of Nebraska’s children ages 0-5, or 62,729, are at risk of failing in school.

By age 5, children's earliest interactions and environments have physically shaped much of the core brain architecture that supports cognitive and character skills for lifelong success. Skilled, capable parents and caregivers play a critical role in guiding childrens' early development at home, and in child care or preschool. 

Targeted, high-quality investments in young children at risk produce more significant developmental outcomes and stronger social and economic gains than broader, less strategic, lower-quality investments. 

Who Is 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.

As a resource to policymakers and the public, we:


Changing public policy by changing the public conversation for Nebraska's youngest children. 


First Five Nebraska Staff


Becky Veak, Director

Meg Buse, Office Manager



Jen Goettemoeller, Senior Policy Associate

Ben Baumfalk, Policy Research Analyst


Mike Medwick, Senior Communications Associate

Nancy Hammel, Communications Associate