Early childhood education leaders are hoping to make Nebraska a national model thanks to a partnership between the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and the University of Nebraska.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission is beginning a three-year collaboration to solve the most pressing issues facing early childhood education.
The 39-member group of public- and private-sector leaders is looking to address a shortage of child care workers, inadequate training for early childhood educators and abysmal salaries for the workers.
Buffett Institute Executive Director Samuel Meisels says child care is not just a parenting issue, but a professional crisis for Nebraska.
He says for people to not see early childhood education as a community issue is "an outmoded view" of family, economy and gender.