Buffalo County, NE
Community Well-Being Data
Casey Family Programs, with input from across the United States, has created the Community Opportunity Map. This is an interactive tool that highlights the aspects of communities that are associated with safe children and strong families. This interactive, research-based framework is composed of select U.S. Census Bureau indicators and is available for any community in the nation to use. It was informed by significant evidence of the community factors correlated with child maltreatment and a healthy community framework developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The tool maps community indicators at geographic levels defined by the user, from the state level down to neighborhoods. We hope the tool will be used by community members, policymakers, child welfare leaders, city government officials, and other stakeholders to build hope and promote well-being for families and children.
Nebraska Children's investments in Buffalo County
Kearney Child Abuse Prevention Council serving Buffalo, Kearney and Phelps Counties
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Grants School-Community Partnership/University of Nebraska
Kearney Designed to improve social and emotional well-being of children and families by enhancing school and community services. Strategies were created to address young children’s mental health and behavioral health needs, parent-child relationships, and kindergarten truancies. North Platte targeted the Coordinated School Health (CSH) Initiative in order to implement trauma-informed practices.
Project Everlast Council – Kearney YRTC
Each Project Everlast Council creates opportunities for youth in care and alumni to connect with each other, share resources and provide input on program and policy issues. Kearney’s council is works in conjunction with the area Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center.
Sixpence Early Learning Program
Kearney Public Schools currently serves at-risk infants and toddlers through two center-based toddler classrooms located at the Kearney Early Childhood Center. The toddler program uses Creative Curriculum. Kearney Public Schools also has a Family Engagement grant that serves 24 children through home visiting. This program is a Save the Children Site and uses the Early Steps to School Success Curriculum.
Beyond School Bells Citywide ELO System
Nebraska Children provides grant and technical support to the Kearney Public Schools Community Learning Centers to provide high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. The Kearney CLCs are launching Nebraska’s first mobile makerspace with funding from Nebraska Children.