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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

Lincoln Journal Star: Nationally renowned education program headed to Winnebago

WINNEBAGO -- A deep-seated desire to better prepare their children for kindergarten led leaders of the Winnebago Tribe to a program that serves as a national model for early childhood education.

The northeast Nebraska tribe joined with an Omaha-based charitable group headed by Susie Buffett to develop the first Educare center on a Native reservation.

Tribal leaders and educators broke ground Wednesday on the $10 million facility, which will serve nearly 200 infants, toddlers and preschoolers when it opens early next year.

More than 50 people gathered under a tent at the construction site just south of town along Highway 75. The ceremony was steeped in tradition, with a tribal elder blessing the ground and a group of young male performers chanting and beating on a large rawhide drum.

Read more: http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/nationally-renowned-education-program-headed-to-winnebago/article_3a8a60e8-03ac-5a67-88c1-0ee696476122.html#ixzz1xiQtafSd

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