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 

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.

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