Dawson County


Support children’s social emotional development and early learning in Dawson County.


Individuals in Dawson County will be able to identify and access early childhood social-emotional supports and services that will result in healthy, stable families.

Desired Outcomes

  • Children’s social and emotional needs will be met
  • Families are informed and attending engagement opportunities
  • Communication and Collaboration between community agencies is improved which reduces duplication of services
  • Existing programs that are successful are sustained and expanded
  • Barriers are reduced and families are able to access the services they need
  • Culturally competent services and supports are available
  • Infant and early childhood mental health providers are trained and available.

Backbone Agency

The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation grant award for the Dawson County Rooted in Relationships was contracted to Two Rivers Public Health Department for the purpose of implementation of the Rooted in Relationships strategic plan that was developed by the Dawson County cross-systems community planning group.

Collaborative Team

Stakeholders will include participants from across Dawson County and the many entities that are interested in and tasked with working to improve early childhood mental health.

History and Update

In 2013, Dawson County was chosen as one of the first 3 counties to plan and implement the Rooted in Relationships Initiative. During the planning phase, the Dawson County Rooted in Relationship Collaborative Team was initiated and a work plan with progressive goals and objectives was developed. In the first two years, Pyramid Model training was implemented with 7 Childcare Providers, Circle of Security – Parent Classes were offered in Gothenburg, Cozad and Lexington and the Initiative was promoted locally with events and media. The Collaborative was granted Expansion for Year 3 in 2016. This allowed coaching and training for an additional 12 child care providers in the Pyramid Model. An additional coach who is bilingual has been trained and is providing coaching to 2 bilingual child care providers. Circle of Security Parenting classes are offered throughout the county on an ongoing basis to help meet the needs of families. Classes can be attended with English and Spanish speaking facilitators to help serve the Spanish speaking population.


Find out more about Dawson County's Work Plan: