New Giving Day to raise funds for early childhood education

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, will host the first-ever Lincoln Littles Giving Day on February 12.

The giving day will raise funds for tuition assistance, allowing more children in need to access quality early childhood education.

“We are thrilled to bring this giving day to the Lincoln community to fill this important need,” said Barbara Bartle, President of Lincoln Community Foundation. “We know that helping low-income families access high-quality early childhood education is good for Lincoln’s schools, workforce and, most importantly, our little ones. It means a lot for Lincoln’s future.”

“Providing our kids with quality learning opportunities in their first few years sets the stage for success throughout their lives,” said Mayor Chris Beutler. “It’s the first step in preparing them to be our future leaders. The City is proud to support the Lincoln Littles Giving Day because it will help to build stronger kids, stronger families and a stronger community.”

Nine early childhood education providers have pre-qualified to receive funding to provide tuition assistance to low-income families including CEDARS, The Children’s Place, Community Action – Head Start, Educare Lincoln, Fingerprints Child Development Center, Kids First Inc., KinderCare Learning Center, St. Mark’s Preschool/KIDZONE and World of Knowledge Child Development Center.

Seed funding has been granted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Lead gifts to the Lincoln Littles Early Learning Fund have been made by Champions for Children: Harbor of Dreams, Helen Raikes in Honor of Senator Ron Raikes, Bob and Jan FitzSimmons, Jim and Penny Krieger Family Foundation, Mary and Matt Reckmeyer and the Susan and Jim Stuart Charitable Trust.