buffett early childhood institute

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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, Closing the Opportunity Gap and Early Childhood Workforce Development Program, shape the Buffett Early Childhood Institute’s efforts to improve the lives of children.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

This program focuses on ensuring that all children have opportunities to develop, learn, and achieve their potential. Young children who are denied opportunities because of gender, racial or cultural bias, family economic status, or home language typically do not achieve their full academic or personal and social potential.

Research shows that enhancing and improving early childhood systems can benefit school progress and future earnings and reduce anti-social behavior, welfare participation, and even trouble with the law. Our goal is to help all children thrive by enhancing their opportunities to learn from birth onward.

Early Childhood Workforce Development Program

This program seeks to ensure the presence of a skilled workforce in all early care and education settings. It confronts such critical issues as professional preparation and qualifications, workforce compensation, funding, and sustained public will and commitment. Our goal is to help early care and education become recognized as a
priority profession whose work is essential to the social and economic well-being of children, families, and communities.


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Excellence Fund at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute Fund was established for the benefit and support of early childhood development at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.

Early Childhood Workforce Development Fund at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Rosemary Edzie

Director of Development, Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Foundation Relations

Rosemary earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master's degree in education, leadership and social policy from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in education administration from UNL. Rosemary is passionate about education, in particular, educational access and early childhood education.


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