What We Do

Our Prevention Portfolio

Each of our initiatives is part of a larger prevention portfolio. Initiatives can be plugged into each Community Prevention System to address specific issues along the cradle to career spectrum.

The Prevention Portfolio represents the available initiatives, practices and processes to build the right Community Prevention System based on each community's unique needs. The system can plug in proven initiatives that work across the age spectrum by tapping evidence-based practices. Any piece that's implemented is done so with a Collective Impact approach, an Community Response framework, with an eye on increasing the Protective Factors in the families being served.


In the center of the circle, are age-specific initiatives that Nebraska Children developed to address specific areas where a community needs to see improvement.

  • Early Childhood - Sixpence Early Learning Programs and Rooted in Relationships address the needs of the youngest children, ensuring that parents and caregivers have the necessary knowledge to foster healthy development.
  • School Age - Beyond School Bells works with school districts across the state to provide afterschool and summer learning opportunities that are provento close the achievement gap between rich and poor. Camp Catch-Up reunites siblings from age 8-19 who have been separated by foster care. The goal is to nurture the critical connections between brothers and sisters, to create a sense of permanency in the lives of children who have experienced far too much upheaval and instability.
  • Older Youth - Project Everlast works to harnass the voice of "unconnected youth" ages 14-24 -- many of whom have aged out of the foster care system -- and to help them access the services they need to transition to a stable, productive adulthood.

Evidence-Based Practices

Each of our initiatives uses Evidence-Based Practices that are proven to have a positive impact. The second band lists the Evidence-Based Practices currently in use by Nebraska Children.

The Products

The outer ring represents the overall context of how these initiatives and practices are delivered:

  • The Process | Collective Impact - A specific type of collaboration that ensures community ownership and maximizes existing resources.
  • The System | Community Response - This model for the resulting Community Prevention System allows families to be served by community organizations without unnecessary involvement of the child welfare system. 
  • The Outcome | Protective Factors - The result of the initiatives, Evidence-Based Practices, Collective Impact process and Community Response model is an increase in Protective Factors, a nationally recognized predictor of family strength, health and stability.
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