Elevating Early Childhood

About Lincoln Littles

We believe all children should have access to high quality early care and education which leads to a more available workforce today and smarter workforce tomorrow. What started as 2,100 ideas to address the 2014 Lincoln Vital Signs findings, turned into a focused community agenda to lift Lincoln higher. That agenda, named Prosper Lincoln, was organized around these areas: Early Childhood, Innovative Workforce, Affordable Housing, Strong Neighborhoods and Civic Investments. People from all sectors of our city have stepped up to make Lincoln even better. Much has been accomplished. The next phase continues and deepens our focus on prosperity for all Lincolnites. Under the “Lincoln Littles” name, action strategies for Early Childhood include:

  • Promoting Step Up to Quality programs
  • Raising funds for early childhood scholarships
  • Developing a Lincoln Office for Early Childhood
  • Increasing quality, capacity, and sustainability


Big Partners

Acklie Charitable Foundation    Harbor of Dreams Foundation



Contact Us

Anne Brandt, Executive Director



Suzanne Schneider, Associate Director



Early Childhood Champions Team

John Neal – Tri Chair, Lincoln Public Schools
Tammy Ward – Tri Chair, City Council
Liz Ring Carlson – Tri Chair, Ameritas
Adelle Burke, City of Lincoln Mayor’s Office
Eric Buchanan, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Ashley Rinaker, Harbor of Dreams
Meagan Liesveld, United Way
Halley Kruse, Acklie Foundation
Matt Larson, Lincoln Public Schools
Nola Derby Bennett, Community Learning Centers
Sherri Jones, UNL College of Education
Bruce Bohrer, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Jim Krieger, Gallup
Katie Haszard, Lincoln Industries
Kari Schmitz, Hudl
Lori Seibel, Community Health Endowment
Chris Funk, Center for People in Need
Lanny Boswell, LPS School Board
Tom Randa, Good Neighbor Center
Joel Stoltenow, Lutheran Family Services
Quentin Brown, Educare
Katie McLeese Stephenson, HopeSpoke
Vi See, Community Action Partnership
Mary Kay Roth, Communications
Diane Temme, TMCO
Kate Bolz, Aide to the Mayor
Barbara Bartle, Lincoln Community Foundation
Betty Medinger, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation