Systems Partners

Needs Assessment


We partner with state agencies, organizations, individuals, and University of Nebraska faculty and staff to conduct the work of the Needs Assessment.  

With the help of our partners, we have collected data from a variety of sources, and have developed materials to share with anyone who could use them to elevate the voices of Nebraskans.  


We know there is more work to be done. In collaboration with the Nebraska Preschool Development Grant project leads, the Needs Assessment team will continue to collect and integrate information to better understand and address the needs and gaps in Nebraska's birth to five mixed-delivery system. Ongoing work includes: 

  • More in-depth information about families' needs and perspectives, from Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, Native American and American Indian communities, refugees and immigrants, families of children with disabilities, families experiencing poverty and/or homelessness, and families providing foster care. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
  • More in-depth information about the experiences of providers, including providers who are Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, Native American and American Indian, and experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. 
  • Review the cumulative data from all COVID-19 provider surveys to develop a better understanding of how the pandemic continues to impact the well-being of Nebraska’s providers — physically, emotionally, and financially. 
  • Determine a sustainable plan for periodic assessment of the needs of the birth to 5 mixed-delivery system and those it serves. This work will be paired with data-driven recommendations, based on information from families, providers, and key stakeholders.  
PDG Planning Grant Findings

Organizational Lead: Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Contacts:  Kathleen Gallagher, Alexandra Daro, Traci Roberts