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The Birth of the Institute In February 2010, J.B. Milliken, then the sixth president of the University of Nebraska, proposed a bold, new idea to Susie Buffett, the Omaha-based philanthropist and civic leader. He suggested to her a “very important priority for the University:” the creation of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.

J.B. Milliken

Susie Buffett

President Milliken knew Susie Buffett was someone with a lifelong commitment to social justice, an extensive record of support for early childhood and public school education — especially for children raised in poverty — and a loyalty to the state that had nurtured her and her family. She had supported the development of Educare centers all across the U.S., developed and sustained early childhood and public school programs in Omaha and elsewhere in the state and nation, encouraged and funded national early childhood policy initiatives, and been a powerful spokesperson for the importance of starting early and starting well. Over the years, President Milliken had become well-versed in early childhood issues and was deeply knowledgeable about the strengths, passions, and needs of the University, the state of Nebraska, and its citizens. He viewed the proposed institute as “a new core mission for the University of Nebraska in the 21st century, aligned with the strengths of our history and structure and our research, education, outreach, and policy functions.”

Introducing the Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Three-Year Report  

A new report shares the story of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute's first three years of operations--how we came to be, what we've acco...

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Three-Year Report  

A new report shares the story of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute's first three years of operations--how we came to be, what we've acco...

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