Statewide initiative, We Care for Kids, launches

In June, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute celebrated the public launch of a statewide campaign, We Care for Kids – Quality Early Childhood Education for All Nebraska Families.

We Care for Kids reflects the efforts of many organizations coming together to support a statewide initiative intended to build support for quality early childhood education in Nebraska, and in particular, for the early childhood workforce that is so crucial to young children’s development and learning.

This campaign is a partnership effort developed under the leadership of the Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Holland Foundation, and the Institute. It is a significant component of our public outreach and education efforts and is a key part of our work at the Institute, the University of Nebraska, and in Nebraska and beyond.

The Institute and our partners across the state have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education—about promoting quality, helping parents find early education services and programs that best suit their children and their values, supporting our early educators, and bringing people together to build, staff, and run programs in centers and in thousands of home-based early care settings.

We Care for Kids is the amplification of these efforts and a catalyst for greater action and investment. The campaign will serve as a platform not only to spread the word about early education, but to empower communities to assess their needs, support their early educators, bring people together to build greater capacity, and, most importantly, to share stories of their success.

We encourage you to read the press release and visit the campaign website to learn more and join the effort:

This effort would not have been possible without the incredible work of so many partners here in Nebraska and across the country. We know this work is important. When we care to help communities bring quality early education to all, we care for children and help our state thrive now, in the future, and for generations to come.

Thank you for being a part of this important work.


Samuel J. Meisels
Founding Executive Director
Richard D. Holland Presidential Chair in Early Childhood Development