System of Care: Birth to Eight

Common Agenda

Build collaboration among agencies, networks, and the broader community to find innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for families with young children and their communities in the Panhandle

Early Childhood System Programs


    • If you are interested in sponsoring a class, please contact Panhandle Partnership at
    • To register for classes, please visit our Circle of Security page.


  • FAST – (Families and Students Together) is a family support service currently modeled in Chadron, NE that offers multifamily group interventions designed to build relationships between families, schools, and communities. Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a parent-child evidence based project for children moving from preschool to kindergarten and for elementary aged children and their families.


  • The TEAMS Program (Together Everyone Achieves More Success) is a University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension project designed to improve middle school and high school students’ likelihoods of staying in school, graduating, and attending college. It is a partnership between UNL Extension, Western Nebraska Community College, Minatare and Scottsbluff School Districts, and the Panhandle Partnership.

Early Childhood System Enhancement


  • Community Response is the actions a community takes to develop a system of resources and services which strengthen families, build protective factors, and enhance access to prevention resources.
    • Community Response dollars are intended to address resource gaps in a community’s existing services and to not supplant these resources.  The Community Response process requires the broad-based collaboration of agencies committed working together to access all available resources.
  • The intended population for Community Response are families with children 0-14 years of age who are at risk for entering higher end systems of care due to an assessed risk of abuse or neglect.


    • Ongoing assessment of community needs is part of the work of Systems of Care: 0-8.


  • Child Well Being indicators are tracked as part of a collection process of state and local data which are used for continuous quality improvement.


  • To be involved in the work of Systems of Care: 0-8, please contact Panhandle Partnership at or call (308) 633-3818