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Buffet Early Childhood Institute

Description: We bring together those who are working to improve early childhood education and development. We serve as a catalyst for change and provide a unified vision and common approach for how we can work together to improve children’s learning and development.

We partner with schools, communities, policymakers, and others to share—and apply—the best of what is known about early childhood development. We serve as a bridge to resources and information for parents, providers, and the public. We communicate what we know to improve the lives of vulnerable young children and their families. 

Buffet Early Childhood Institute's Website


Business Connection/Research

Description: This article provides research and analysis on the importance of child care to the business workforce. 

Business Connection/Research website

AEIdeas: Public Policy Blog


Chamber Business Connection Toolkit

Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. 

Find the toolkit here


First Children's Finance

First Children's Finance website


First Five Nebraska (FFN)

Description: Who Is First Five Nebraska?

First Five Nebraska is a team of professionals with 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 

First Five Nebraska's Website

National Association for the Education of Young Children - NAEYC

Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. 

Qualification/Services: Accreditation, best practice

NAEYC website


Nebraska Child Care Desert Graphics

Center for American Progress interactive map of the United States indicating childcare deserts.


Nebraska Community Opportunity Map

Description: This map provides information relevant to the well-being of children and families throughout Nebraska. It is designed to empower people working in and with communities across the state by providing easily accessible, timely, relevant, and high-quality data.

Find the map here



One x One Community Conversation Toolkit

By giving you tools to host or to participate in your own “conversation,” the Community Conversation Toolkit will help you engage members of your community.


The Learning Child

Description: The Learning Child team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives providing information and resources about early child development.

The Learning Child Website