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Less stringent DHMs now in effect for all Nebraska counties—what that means for child care

UPDATED 7.2.20: Directed health measures further loosening restrictions on child cares and other businesses in effect for all Nebraska counties July 6. Read More

July 02, 2020  |  Posted in General

Child care providers: The Nebraska business and policy community want to hear from you

Coronavirus has already significantly impacted the child care landscape in Nebraska. While the long-term effects are as yet unknown, one thing is clear: child care is essential to supporting working families now and as we work to recover. The Nebraska business and policy community have launched a survey about how the pandemic has impacted businesses statewide. Read More

April 16, 2020  |  Posted in General

Statewide Campaign Highlights Relationship Between Quality Child Care and Economic Development

First Five Nebraska launched My Nebraska Story this week, a statewide campaign inviting business leaders, economic developers and others to become involved in strengthening the availability of quality child care in their communities. 

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July 23, 2020  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Legislature reconvenes July 20

The Legislatlure will reconvene July 20 for the final 17 days of this year's session, which was suspended in March due to COVID-19 emergency. Here's a look at what the remainder of the session holds and the status of bills FFN supports. Read More

July 14, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

The FFN Digest

Read at a glance the latest news on how Nebraska's early childhood systems are being affected by the ongoing public health emergency--and how public and private sector leaders are responding to the challenge of supporting communities, providers, families and children.

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July 03, 2020  |  Posted in General

NDE announces redesigned NECPRS website

The Nebraska Department of Education's redesigned Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System offers a mobile-friendly design, easier document upload, user-friendly navigation and an updated training calendar.  Read More

June 26, 2020  |  Posted in General

Applications are open for the new Nebraska Small Business Stabilization grants

June 26 is the deadline to apply for a Nebraska Small Business Stabilization Grant. Child care businesses with 5 to 49 employees that have closed or sustained a loss of revenue or employment since March 13 are eligible to apply. Read More

June 15, 2020  |  Posted in General

CARES Act funds will support Nebraska’s child care system as state moves toward economic recovery

Here's FFN's breakdown of how $20 million in federal funds resulting from passage of the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be used to stabilize and strengthen Nebraska's child care infrastructure and other school-based education services for children. 

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June 02, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

COVID-19: Federal policy updates

Get the latest updates on federal policy that impacts children, families, businesses and commuduring COVID-19.  Read More

May 21, 2020  |  Posted in General

When it comes to the Census, everyone counts

Census results affect Nebraskans every day because they help determine funding for important programs that support children, including schools, child care and early learning, home visiting and food assistance among many other things. Read More

May 20, 2020  |  Posted in General
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