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Key Strategies Vision The work of the Buffett Institute is clearly grounded in our vision — that Nebraska will become the best place in the nation to be a baby — and it is rooted in our mission that we will work collaboratively to improve the lives of young children by improving their learning and development. This vision and mission were embraced by the Institute’s Strategic Planning Commission in 2013 and serve as the basis for the daily work of the Institute. Our Strategic Master Plan lays out the ways in which we seek to operationalize this vision and mission. Leadership Team Finding the best talent to help lead the Institute and operate its programs and partnerships has been an extraordinarily important task from the earliest days of the Institute. National searches and hires of local professionals enabled us to build a talented staff for this evolving world-class institute. Strategic Planning Strategic planning has been critical to our work and helped us define the assumptions, activities, and outcomes that are essential for the Institute to achieve its targeted goal of closing the achievement gap. Our “theory of change” and its attendant planning process have helped provide Institute leadership with an increasingly clear set of outcomes and indicators for

evaluating and measuring our efforts and our success. Significant energies were dedicated to this planning work once the leadership team was assembled. Our intended outcomes guide annual planning and priority-setting decisions. Signature Programs Our two signature programs speak to the goals of the Institute: to close the achievement gap for vulnerable young children and to ensure that a skilled, diverse workforce is available to care for and teach young children. Launching these initiatives has been an extraordinarily intense undertaking. The issues raised by these programs are complex and involve multiple systems of care, higher education, public policy, and regulation. Both programs will continue to emerge and evolve over time. Financial Management and Growth Managing an institute that effectively stewards resources and plans for future growth is an important priority for Institute leadership. We are grateful for the support provided by the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Foundation. While we are fortunate to have a stable funding base through our endowment, new programs and initiatives require additional resources. Our aim is to plan for these areas of strategic growth in order to ensure their future success.

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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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