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Gates Foundation to Expand Investment in Early Childhood

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is ramping up investment in quality early childhood programs to support success in kindergarten and beyond.   Read More

October 29, 2015  |  Posted in General

New Study: Gap in School Readiness Emerges from Early Vocabulary

A new study finds that children with larger oral vocabularies by age 2 arrived at kindergarten better prepared academically and behaviorally than their peers. Read More

October 22, 2015  |  Posted in Research

BECI Working to Ensure State’s Children At Risk Are Served by High-Quality Early Childhood Educators

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute recently hosted more than 120 people from higher education, the Nebraska departments of Education and Health and Human Services and other agencies and national consultants to discuss strategies to ensure that all Nebraska children at risk are served by high-quality early childhood educators.  Read More

October 15, 2015  |  Posted in

We Can Do This, Nebraska!

Part 3: I am particularly excited about the possibilities that exist for schools and communities in providing high-quality services to families with young children. In our school, in our communities and as a state I see three areas where we have tremendous opportunities to improve. Read More

October 08, 2015  |  Posted in General

We Can Do This, Nebraska!

Part 2: As an educator and as a Nebraskan, I'm excited about the development of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. I'm motivated by the Institute’s vision to “make Nebraska the best place in the nation to be a baby.” I want my community to be a part of that vision. Read More

October 06, 2015  |  Posted in General

New Sixpence School-Child Care Provider Partnerships a Game Changer

The Sixpence Board of Trustees announced a new grant opportunity this week that transforms how communities can work together to support early learning opportunities. Read More

October 02, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

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