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Sandhills First Steps

Supporting the entire early childhood landscape of the greater Burwell area.

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The Need for Childcare

By the Numbers


According to a survey of Burwell and Garfield County conducted by Communities for Kids (C4K), an initiative by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, there are at least 39 children under age 6 not enrolled in a private licensed or public preschool, representing a gap in childcare options.


In a recent survey, 82% of respondents rated the Sandhills First Steps initiative to build a new child development center in Burwell as a high priority.

$745 million

According to a report released by First Five Nebraska, an early childhood policy and research organization, inadequate access to child care costs Nebraska families, businesses, and state tax revenues nearly $745 million annually in direct losses.


The United States Census Bureau predicts according to 2019 population estimates that there are 104 children under age 5 in Garfield County.


A report by the Council for a Strong America revealed that 36% of rural Nebraskans live in a childcare "desert," where the number of children under age 5 exceeds the number of high quality early childcare spots.

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Our Purpose

Our Vision 

Sandhills First Steps will support the entire early childhood landscape of the greater Burwell area.

Our Mission 

Sandhills First Steps is a nonprofit organization that aims to support the healthy development of children and families by expanding childcare options and connecting current childcare professionals with community members, businesses, and early childhood development resources.

Our Action Plan

  1. Enhance existing and provide new opportunities for the 0-5 population.

  2. Build community relationships and partnerships. 

  3. Provide new employment opportunities.

  4. Cultivate family friendly workplaces.

  5. Equip all families and caregivers with tools to raise healthy children.

  6. Support current childcare providers (licensed and non-licensed).

  7. Create a resource center for child, youth, and parent development.

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Sandhills First Steps
c/o Loup Basin Public Health Department
934 I St
Burwell, NE 68823

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