Institutes - The Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Support the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska
The mission of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is to transform the lives of young children by improving their learning and development. The Institute makes use of the interdisciplinary resources and research of the four University of Nebraska campuses and works with schools, agencies, community partners, and policy makers to implement and support high‐quality, evidence‐based services, programs, and policies for young children and their families. It builds on the land grant and metropolitan college philosophy, on the experience of the university campuses, and on the promise of basic and applied research, training, policy development, and outreach to all corners of the state—urban, rural, and suburban.
Two signature programs, Achievement Gap Challenge and Early Childhood Workforce Development Program, shape the Buffett Early Childhood Institute’s efforts to improve the lives of children.
Achievement Gap Challenge
The Achievement Gap Challenge aspires to narrow the gap in learning and development between children coming from economically advantaged families and children living in poverty.
Early Childhood Workforce Development Program
The Childhood Workforce Development Program focuses on improving the quantity, quality, and skills of educators and other professionals who teach and care for children.
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