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Panel Will Study Early Childhood Workforce Shortage in Nebraska

FFN Director Becky Veak is serving on a Buffett Early Childhood Institute commission to develop a comprehensive plan for expanding and strengthening Nebraska's early childhood workforce. The group includes leaders from state government, higher education, public schools, child care, health care, advocacy, philanthropy, practitioners and the business community. Read More

March 23, 2017  |  Posted in General

LB335 Would Freeze Child Care Provider Subsidy Reimbursement Rates

LB335 is scheduled for discussion by the Legislature this week. The bill offers very limited and non-sustainable savings to the state, potentially at long-term costs to Nebraska’s children and taxpayers. Read More

March 20, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

It’s Read Across America Day

Today is a reminder that making reading to children a priority prepares them for success in school and later in life.  Read More

March 02, 2017  |  Posted in General

Education Committee to Hold Hearing on School Funding Bill

LB521 adjusts the TEEOSA formula to benefit children at risk across the state regardless of their district's equalization status.  Read More

February 28, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Legislation to Watch

Nebraska senators introduced nearly 700 bills in the first 10 days of the current legislative session. Of those, we’ve identified six as priority bills and 90 others that have the potential to impact the earliest years of a child’s life. Read More

February 16, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Signs of Dyslexia Are Evident in the Early Years, Are Remediable with Intervention

For over 40 years I have researched the origins and development of dyslexia in children beginning with newborn infants and following them through age 13. Our work has shown the clear impacts of speech discrimination skills at birth on the development of language at ages 3 and 5, and subsequent impacts on reading skills at age 8.

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February 08, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Child Care Provider Rates, School Financing, the Budget Among Our Priority Bills

Earlier this month, members of the Nebraska Legislature once again began their important work at the state Capitol.We have identified several bills with potential to affect early childhood and designated them as priorities this legislative session.  Read More

January 26, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Fiscal Analyst Liz Hruska, Senator John Stinner Selected by National Group to Study Early Childhood

State Fiscal Analyst Liz Hruska and Senator John Stinner were selected as National Conference of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows in 2016.  Read More

January 19, 2017  |  Posted in General

U.S. Census: 41% of Nebraska’s Children Ages 0-5 are At Risk

Newly released U.S. Census data show 62,729, 41% of Nebraska’s 153,696 children ages 0-5, are “at-risk” of failing at school. Read More

January 12, 2017  |  Posted in General

105th Nebraska Legislature, First Session, Convenes

The Nebraska Legislature convened the first session of the 105th Legislature yesterday. Senator Jim Scheer was elected Speaker, replacing Senator Galen Hadley whose term ended in December due to term limits.  Read More

January 05, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation
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