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Amanda Felton joins Administrative team

We're excited to welcome Amanda Felton to First Five Nebraska as our new Office Manager. Amanda brings more than seven years of administration and program management experience to FFN. Read More

July 18, 2019  |  Posted in General

‘Quality’ child care is about developing healthy children—and healthy businesses

Nebraska urgently needs skilled, highly capable child care providers to thrive—not only as educators and caregivers for young children, but as business owners and entrepreneurs. This was the central theme at Elevate19, a recent conference for current and prospective child care providers from across the state. Read More

June 27, 2019  |  Posted in General

Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett begins statewide tour to learn about child care infrastructure

Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett is embarking on a tour around Nebraska this summer to learn about early childhood infrastructure in communities and begin building relationships with community members to identify child care needs and strategies.

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June 20, 2019  |  Posted in General

What we learned from the 2019 Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy

The inuagural class of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy was as valuable to those of us who helped design the program as it was to the citizen-leaders who participated in it. Read More

June 19, 2019  |  Posted in General

Highlights of the 2019 Nebraska legislative session

Here's a look at this year's contentious legislative session and updates on bills affecting early childhood, including those that were passed into law and those that will be held over for the 2020 session.  Read More

June 06, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

New video breaks down serve-and-return into 5 simple steps

Responsive and attentive child-adult relationships with many back-and-forth interactions build a strong foundation in a child's brain. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child defines five easy steps to practice serve-and-return with babies.    Read More

May 23, 2019  |  Posted in General Research

Child care providers are a key component of community growth

Child care providers are often overlooked, but important, small businesses that are essential for our communities and state to thrive.  Read More

May 09, 2019  |  Posted in General

Report: Lack of high-quality care affects suitability for military service

Military officers representing Mission: Readness released a report April 30 on the shrinking recruitment pool for our nation's military. They said the experiences during children's early developmental years impact lifelong outcomes, including fitness for military service.   Read More

May 02, 2019  |  Posted in General

Governor signs proclamation focused on community economic growth

Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring this Community Development Week to celebrate Nebraskans who are working every day to build their communities and the "partnerships and local support that make community and economic development achievements possible.”

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April 25, 2019  |  Posted in General

Nebraska wins national grant to expand high-quality prenatal-to-age-3 services

Pritzker Children’s Initiative has awarded Nebraska a planning grant to establish an actionable prenatal-to-age-3 policy framework. First Five Nebraska will lead this cross-sector effort that will dovetail closely with work already underway on the federal Preschool Development Grant.

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April 18, 2019  |  Posted in General
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