Across Nebraska, interest is growing in how high-quality early childhood programs can promote community vitality. On September 17 in Kearney, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute will host a daylong event in which community leaders will learn how to identify and address local early childhood needs. First Five Nebraska will help lead workshops on funding community projects, developing effective communication strategies and how the policy environment affects local programs.

We'll also look at ways communities are already leading this effort and tying early childhood programs to the economic development and growth of their communities. Registration is free and closes September 7.