Early Childhood Health

Early Childhood Health was a four-sector needs assessment of early childhood (ages 0-8) health in Lancaster County, Nebraska sponsored by the Children’s Center for the Child and Community. Healthcare providers, childcare providers, community stakeholders, and parents were surveyed in Fall 2017 about their opinions on services available in the community, and what is needed for young children to thrive. This information, combined with smaller scale follow-ups in the Spring 2018, was used to inform community driven and planning processes and to improve early childhood health.

 MERC worked with the The Prosper Lincoln Early Childhood Comprehensive Health Working Group. This includes: Bryan Health, Child Guidance Center, the Children’s Center for the Child & Community, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Community Action Partnership, Community Health Endowment, NE Department of Health and Human Services, Foster Care Review Office, Friendship Home, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Public Schools/CLC, Lutheran Family Services Health 360, MilkWorks, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, People’s Health Center, Region V Systems, United Way, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop applicable and relevant measures for each sector, and design surveys and data collection plans for each. Survey data collection was carried out by the Bureau of Sociological Research. Interviews, focus groups, data analysis, and reporting were conducted by MERC team of evaluators.

A handout provided as part of the Community Themes and Strengths presentation to the community are available here