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Nebraska group to address early childhood education

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 13:29:13-05

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.