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Keep Your Family Safe This Summer!

It’s summertime and a variety of activities fill the schedules of kids and families. The warm weather brings more opportunity for fun outdoors, but also the potential for accidents. Here are a few safety rules to keep you and your loved ones safe as you enjoy the summer. Read More

July 23, 2014  |  Posted in General

5 Books for the 4th!

Reading together builds closer relationships plus language and literacy skills for the youngest people in our lives! Read More

July 03, 2014  |  Posted in General

Step Up to Quality’ Debuts July 1

Providing child care can be challenging, especially when children come from varied economic backgrounds and home environments. Research shows that children’s experiences during their first five years profoundly affect social, emotional and cognitive skill formation, and healthy life outcomes. Read More

June 25, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Marks First Year

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute is an innovative, multidisciplinary research, practice, and policy institute of the four University of Nebraska campuses. Our mission is to ensure that all children, birth to age 8, especially those who are vulnerable because of poverty, abuse, or developmental, learning, or behavioral challenges, have the opportunity to reach their potential. Read More

June 18, 2014  |  Posted in General

Father’s Day Celebrates Heroes

This adorable father/son superhero team’s photo went viral last year, gathering almost 1.7 million comments in just two days, according to the Huffington Post. One commenter pinpointed why the image struck such a chord: “A good dad is always a hero to their kids. Capes just let the world see it a little better.” Read More

June 11, 2014  |  Posted in General

For Kids, Vacation Can Be as Much About the Journey as the Destination

School is out for the summer and many families are planning their vacation. The logistics of pulling off a family vacation are huge—scheduling time off work around swim lessons and day camps, booking hotels and things to do, buying airfare or mapping out a road trip, and packing. Read More

June 05, 2014  |  Posted in General

75% of Young Americans Are Unfit for Military Service

An astonishing 75% of young adults in the U.S. could not qualify to join the military due to (1) failure to meet the educational requirements, (2) criminal convictions, or (3) being overweight. Moreover, one in five U.S. military recruits score too low on the Armed Forces Qualification Test to join the Army. Read More

May 29, 2014  |  Posted in General

Quality Early Childhood Education Impacts High School Graduation Rates

Thousands of Nebraska high school seniors will graduate in the next couple of weeks and celebrate the milestone with family and friends. Graduating high school is a significant achievement that impacts the well-being of our state. Read More

May 22, 2014  |  Posted in General

Sixpence Engages Parents to Close the Achievement Gap

At-risk children under age 3 in Nebraska currently face long odds to gain access to high-quality early childhood learning opportunities. Estimates are that only 1 in 10 at-risk Nebraska children have access to early learning experiences that close the achievement gap by age 3. Read More

May 15, 2014  |  Posted in General

Happy Mother’s Day

The more we learn about early childhood development, the more we realize the truth behind Lincoln’s words. We now know that brain architecture is profoundly affected by our earliest experiences and interactions, and mothers and fathers are a child’s first and most influential relationships. Read More

May 08, 2014  |  Posted in General
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