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Winnebago Tribe

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has implemented an intensive, research-based Educare model early learning program to reduce early educational achievement disparities by integrating and enhancing their Head Start and other child care programs in a new $10 million, state-of-the art facility. This project is the first ever Educare project built and implemented in Indian country. The building opened its doors to children in March of 2014, and currently serves 191 children and their families with early childhood development and educational services. The Buffett Early Childhood Fund invested $5 million toward the design and construction of the new facility. The Winnebago Tribe has committed to match the Buffett Fund’s contribution from sources including New Market Tax Credits, philanthropic foundations, and private donors. The operating costs for the comprehensive early childhood programming will be covered by public and private funds, including federal Head Start grants and Winnebago Tribe direct investments.