Frequently Asked Questions
What type of business is Sandhills First Steps?
Sandhills First Steps operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There is a board of directors that oversees all of the organization's activities.
Is a new childcare center in Burwell really necessary?
Yes! High quality, available childcare is critical infrastructure. It enables parents to work and contribute to the economic success of our community. Specifically in Burwell and Garfield County, a July 2020 study conducted by Communities for Kids (C4K), an initiative of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation revealed that there are at least 39 children under age 6 not enrolled in a private licensed or public preschool, representing a gap in available childcare options.
How can I contribute?
We truly believe Sandhills First Steps is a community effort. As the new childcare center comes together, we'll need lawyers, landscapers, teachers, ranchers, stay-at-home parents, and more at the table! Check out our calendar of upcoming events to get involved. If you'd like to partner financially, you can donate online, drop off or mail a check, or donate physical goods. See the "Donate" page for more information.
Do you have a waiting list?
Not yet! However, if you'd like to fill out the contact information form, we'd be glad to add you to our database so you're one of the first to know when we are able to have our enrollment waiting list up and live.
Are there opportunities for employment with Sandhills First Steps?
While we are not currently hiring, as soon as the childcare center is up and running, we will begin hiring for a director and daycare instructors for all ages. If you'd like to fill out the contact information form, we'll contact you when there are openings!
When will Sandhills First Steps be open?
Our vision is to break ground on the new facility in the fall of 2022 and be open for families in the fall of 2023. On the road to opening, we must secure a site and the necessary funds for building, become licensed with the State of Nebraska, build and furnish the facility, and hire staff. The need for additional childcare services is high and we believe with the community on board we can open our doors soon!