Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan Promotes Successful Early Learning

March 20, 2015

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Dr. Samuel J. Meisels, founder of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, guides plan development.

The Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan mandated by the Nebraska Legislature in 2013 is taking shape in schools across the Learning Community. The school-based initiative, guided by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is intended to challenge the achievement gap.  Elementary schools play a critical role as early learning "hubs," connecting children and their families with critical early learning support. 

Three key program areas to help children succeed in school include: 

• Home Visits

• Intensive preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds 

• Preschool and early elementary grades aligned

Gradual plan implementation starts this spring with professional development for teachers, program leaders and caregivers from  all school districts. A session to introduce key research and practices to benefit early learning from birth to 8 years old is scheduled for May. 

The Learning Community Coordinating Council voted Thursday, March 19 to approve contracts with the Buffett Institute for plan implementation. Council members unanimously approved the Superintendents' Plan and first year funding of $1.5 million from cash reserves last summer.

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