This initiative partners with communities to implement evidence-based practices that enhance the social-emotional development of children, birth through age 8.


Buffalo County Rooted in Relationships began when approximately 60 stakeholders connected with local partners to develop a long-range plan to support the social-emotional development of young children.

Pyramid Model Implementation:

Community Partners has recently hired 4 coaches to train 14 providers from both in-home and center-based early care and education settings in promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral competence of young children.

Selection of a Systems Priority:

After a year of planning, the Buffalo County Rooted in Relationships team is working to create public awareness for social emotional development for ages 0-8 in all Buffalo County Communities

2017-2018 Evaluation Report:

Click HERE to view the annual report from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. 

Current Partners:

  • Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
  • Center For Psychological Services
  • Kearney Public Schools
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Twin Rivers Public Health Department
  • Kearney Area Children’s Museum
  • Buffalo County Attorney
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • ESU 10
  • Midwest Encouragement and Counseling Center
  • Head Start
  • Families CARE
  • Early Development Network

Community Centers using the Pyramid Model:

  • Lacey Ahrens, Bubby Britches Daycare
  • Lisa Tolles, Lisa’s Daycare
  • Tammy Kresser, Tammy’s Tiny Tots
  • Natalie Hanna, Natalie’s Daycare
  • Katie Fields, Kearney Family YMCA
  • Shelby Hawks, UNK Child Development Center
  • Linda Woodside, Hand -N- Hand
  • Amber Watson, First Baptist Preschool
  • Noelle Shields, Lighthouse Academy 
  • Amber Underwood, LIghthouse Academy
  • Macey Mathews, Smiling Forces Academy Inc.
  • Taylor Miigerl, Smiling Forces Academy Inc.
  • Trina Honomichl, Smiling Forces Academy Inc.
  • Jenney Peterson, Smiling Forces Academy Inc.

Coaches of the Pyramid Model 

Nebraska Early Childhood Coach. Accepting Applications

Buffalo County is excited to continue the implementation of the Pyramid Model for supporting social emotional competence in infants and young children. This initiative is funded by Nebraska Children and Families Rooted in Relationships and powered by Buffalo County Community Partners. The Pyramid Model is a framework for supporting children’s social emotional development in a way that improves child outcomes.  Implementation of the Pyramid Model will be in selected early care and education settings in the community using a train-coach-train model.

We are currently seeking applications for potential coaches in the community. For full job duties, please see the enclosed job description. 

STEP 1:  Complete the Nebraska Early Childhood Coach Application and submit to Tana Miller at by July 1, 2020.

STEP 2:  Complete both Nebraska early Childhood Coach Training and Pyramid Model Coach Training from the following dates. Individuals who cannot complete these required trainings on these dates will not be eligible.

Nebraska Early Childhood Coach Training

June 29th-30th 2020

Educational Service Unit10

76 Plaza Blvd

Kearney, NE 68848


Pyramid Model Coach Training

August 16, 2020

Educational Service Unit10

76 Plaza Blvd

Kearney, NE 68848


Questions? Contact Tana Miller, Behavioral Health Coordinator:


Second Step

Click here to learn about the Second Step curriculum that Rooted in Relationships works to implement in Buffalo County Schools. 



Pyramid Model

Click here to learn about the pyramid model. It helps early educators build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive caregiving, create learning environments, provide targeted social-emotional skills, and support children with challenging behavior.

Click here to go to the statewide Rooted in Relationship’s website to learn more about the initiative.

Contact us

For more information, or for any questions, please fill out the form below. 

1755 Prairie View Place, Kearney NE 68845
Mailing Address: Po Box 1466 Kearney NE 68848
Office: 308-865-2284

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