Imagine connecting with community leaders from all across Nebraska to focus on high-quality early childhood education and its connection to economic development and community vitality. And to make it even more enticing, you can do this in just half a day from the comforts of your own home or office.

The 2020 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference hosted by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This year’s conference will be virtual, making it easier than ever for community leaders and interested citizens of Gothenburg to take part. The event will include a keynote address, a community panel, and several breakout sessions, and promises to educate and enlighten every participant.

The keynote speaker this year will be Linda Smith, early childhood initiative director at the Bipartisan Policy Center. She will speak on “The Business of Early Childhood Education: What It Is and Why It Matters.” Smith’s message will examine critical issues and obstacles working families and communities face from a state and national perspective, and highlight the special role for communities, businesses, and policymakers in charting a better path forward.

The breakout sessions that follow will include resources to help school boards navigate the pandemic, a look at how rural families and communities are surviving and thriving, and an examination of the role of the early childhood workforce in community-led change.

“In just one morning you will learn more about the special role of communities, businesses, and policymakers in charting a better path forward for Gothenburg’s children and families,” explained GECLC coordinator Nichole Hetz.

To learn more about this free virtual conference and register go to https://buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/news-and-events/events/2020-thriving-children-families-and-communities-conference. Registration deadline is Sept. 14.