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Buffalo County, NE

Child Well-Being Snapshot

See the state of child well-being in Buffalo County below. All data comes from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Crimial Justice, the US Census Bureau and the County Health Rankings and Roadmap Program. Population analysis by CPAR at UNO. Population estimates based on 2009-2014 data.

26 percent of Buffalo County's population is children age 18 or younger.

14 percent of the population in Buffalo County Nebraska is living below the poverty line

Buffalo County Nebraska has seen a decline in substantiated child abuse and neglect rates since 2010

Number of kids in foster care in Buffalo County has declined since 2011

Reading proficiency among 3rd graders in Buffalo County has gone from 63 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2013

7 percent of children in Buffalo County Nebraska live in a home where a language other than English is spoken.

Juvenile arrests in Buffalo County have declined since 2010

Births to teens is has increased in Buffalo County Nebraska

25 percent of children in Buffalo County Nebraska lived in a single-parent household in 2013

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.


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