Community Well-Being Data
A new interactive information tool, the Nebraska Community Opportunity Map, is now live to the public, ensuring that policymakers and other stakeholders will have centralized, easy-to-navigate access to data that’s vital to their work. Specifically, this free resource is designed to increase access to information about communities, especially data relevant to the well-being of Nebraska’s children and families. The ultimate goal is to give policymakers and other stakeholders another tool for making data-informed decisions about resource allocation, service delivery, emergency planning, city planning, and other vital functions.
Nebraska Children's investments in Saline County
Beatrice Child Abuse Prevention Council serving Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Seward Counties
Beyond School Bells - Support for Afterschool and Summer Learning
Nebraska Children provides grant and technical support to the Crete Public Schools Community Learning Centers to provide high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. The Crete CLCs provide high-quality STEM and arts activities to enrich learning.
Rooted in Relationships
Nebraska Children has provided grant funds, ongoing training, planning facilitation and implementation support for a community-owned initiative to improve the social-emotional outcomes of the area’s children, from birth to age 8.
Sixpence Early Learning Program
A partnership between Crete Public Schools (CPS), Blue River Child Development Center (BRCDC), Public Health Solutions District Health Department (PHSDHD), Crete Area Medical Center (CAMC), Educational Service Unit #6, and Blue Valley Behavioral Health. Crete Public Schools Young Parent Program is funded through an access expansion grant serving children and their teen parents through home visitation, behavioral health support, home-nurse visitations, educational support to complete high school and assistance for entrance into post-secondary.
- Home visitation: Regularly scheduled visits are provided by a home visitor who is a certified labor and support professional, breast-feeding counselor, and infant massage instructor. Additional home visitation support is from a registered nurse, especially during the first weeks after birth. Visits begin prenatally, both by the home visitor and the nurse, focusing on healthy development of the child.
- Behavioral Health Support: Teen parents can attend up to six individual sessions with a behavioral health counselor. Cases needing further support, may be opened upon completion of the six sessions.
- Education: Attendance and grades are monitored for the teen mom to ensure a plan for successful completion of a high school diploma or GED. Guidance and referrals are offered to those wishing to pursue post-secondary education.
- “Born to Learn”: A class offered for credit by the Sixpence Program where teens are required to spend time in a licensed daycare facility working with infants and toddlers, planning appropriate child development activities for their target child and researching appropriate topics. Attendance is required for all home visits, support groups, speakers, and other presentations offered by the Sixpence Program.
- Support Groups: Monthly support groups are often cosponsored with Early Head Start. The twice monthly activities alternate between parent/child focused activities and educational topics such as infant/child CPR, car-seat safety, post-secondary preparation, healthy teen relationships, appropriate use of technology, breastfeeding, basic newborn skills, “HappyToddlers,” baby sign, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse and neglect.