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

Second Step

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



Pyramid Model Provider Applications

We are currently seeking applications for potential pyramid model providers in the community. Click here to see the job description and application for details on requirements.

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
Email: [email protected]

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