Funding from private and public sources ensures a lasting, stable source of grant money for communities. It also provides a shared commitment, with government, philanthropy and business taking responsibility for early childhood development.

A ground-breaking public-private partnership, Sixpence has established Nebraska as a leader among states' efforts to improve the futures of at-risk children birth to three years of age.

Sixpence is a $60 million endowment comprised of $40 million from state funds and an eventual $20 million from the private sector.

Annual earnings from the funds are distributed as grants to schools and community partners that serve infants and toddlers who are at risk of failing in school and in life.

Major financial support for Sixpence is provided by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.