Elevating Early Childhood

We believe all children should have access to affordable high-quality early care and education ensuring healthy growth and development, kindergarten readiness, a more available workforce today and a 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.

Under the “Lincoln Littles” name our work focuses on solutions to four key challenges related to early childhood. Our goal is to remove barriers and provide opportunity for all children birth to 5 access to affordable high-quality early care and education.


  • Increase quality in early care and education
  • Increase affordable childcare options
  • Engage businesses and the larger community, building public will
  • Influence policy change to better meet the needs of children and families

Interested in getting involved? Learn more about the Lincoln Early Childhood Network and how you can join working groups to take action!