Community Raises More Than $685,000 for Early Childhood Education

The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) announced that its recent annual giving campaign for Lincoln Littles raised more than $685,000 in community support of early care and education. Since 2019, nearly $4.7 million has been raised in support of Lincoln Littles programs, operations, and initiatives – including tuition assistance for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to attend quality early childhood education programs throughout the community. 

“In Lincoln, we know that access to quality care and education means healthy growth and development for our children, a more available workforce, and ultimately more opportunities for our families to thrive,” said Alec Gorynski, LCF President/CEO. “Our community continues to make this a priority with their generous support of Lincoln Littles.” 

In addition to increasing affordable childcare options for families, Lincoln Littles’ work focuses on increasing quality in early care and education, educating and engaging businesses and the larger community, supporting workforce development in the childcare sector and influencing policies to be responsive to the needs of young children and their families. 

“This community investment means the world to Lincoln’s children and families,” said Anne Brandt, Executive Director of Lincoln Littles. “With childcare costs at an all-time high, these funds will allow us to continue to fill the critical need of affordable, high-quality early care and education for working families.” 

Lead Donors:  ABC Electric, Acklie Charitable Foundation, Bettenhausen Family Foundation, Drs. Bob & Stacie Bleicher, Becky & Gale Breed, Candy & Bob Campbell, Rosalind K. Carr in memory of Professor James D. Carr, Community Health Endowment, Shirley & Jerry Daugherty, Donlan Foundation, Bob & Jan FitzSimmons, Larry Frederick & Robyn Sitzman, Harbor of Dreams, Inc., Barb Hoppe Johnson & Bruce Johnson, Kile & Cuz Johnson, Jim & Penny Krieger Family Foundation, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Drs. Marilyn & David Moore, Mike Munro & Susie Keisler-Munro, Drs. Bob & Lisa Rauner, Sue & Al Saathoff, Rhonda Seacrest, Susan Sehnert Stuart, Tom & Sue Tallman, The Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Sue & Ed Tricker, Dr. Eileen & Richard Vautravers, Bill & Mae Whitmer Family Fund and Woods Charitable Fund.