Early Childhood Development

Rooted in Relationships

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

Click the logo to go to the Rooted In Relationships website for more information on the program.


  1. Community Work: Approximately 60 stakeholders connected with additional local partners to develop a long-range plan to support the social-emotional development of young children.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


  • 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

Early Childhood Coach Applications

Buffalo County is excited for the opportunity to expand 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. Please see the enclosed job description and application for more details on requirements.

STEP 1:  Complete the Nebraska Early Childhood Coach Application and submit to Tana Miller at [email protected] by February 15, 2019.

STEP 2:  Complete the Nebraska Early Childhood Coach Training March 27, 28 2019 and Pyramid Model Coach Training April 18, 2019—trainings located at ESU #1; 211 10th St, Wakefield, NE. Individuals who cannot complete these required trainings on these dates will not be eligible.

Still have questions? Please contact:
Tana Miller
Behavioral Health Systems Coordinator, Buffalo County Community Partners
308-865-2279 | [email protected] | PO Box 1466, Kearney, NE 6884

Full Coach Application HERE
Pyramid External Coach Job Description HERE

Second Step

The Second Step social emotional curriculum helps students strengthen their skills in the areas of emotion management, friendship, empathy, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention. 



These numbers show how the Second Step program impacted children in the 2015-2016 school year.


By strengthening these life skills, the HealthyMINDS collaborative hopes to help children grow up in a peaceful, safe environment where they can flourish personally, work constructively with others, and reach their greatest potential.