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LB351 becomes law, promotes child care quality and capacity in Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB351 into law today, allowing child care providers transitioning to a new license type to serve more children to retain their rating in Nebraska Step Up to Quality. Read More

April 06, 2021  |  Posted in General Legislation

State Budget Proposal Includes Additional Investments in Sixpence

Funding for infant and toddler services through Sixpence would increase by an additional $2.5 million per year for the next two years if the biennial budget bill is approved. Read More

April 01, 2021  |  Posted in General Legislation

Thriving Children, Families and Communities Conference set for September

Join us online September 27 for the Thriving Children, Families and Communities Conference, an exciting day of learning, sharing and inspiration as community leaders from across Nebraska come together to focus on high-quality early childhood education and its impact on local economic development and community vitality. Read More

March 26, 2021  |  Posted in General

LB351 seeks to remove unnecessary barriers to increase child care capacity, quality

LB351 seeks to remove barriers for early childhood providers by allowing them to retain their quality rating in Step Up to Quality if they change license type. The bill recently advanced to Select File.  Read More

March 10, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Tax guidance for early childhood providers and business owners on COVID-19 relief funding

This guide was compiled for early childhood educators and business owners to provide additional information regarding the taxable status of state and federal COVID-19 relief funds. Read More

March 02, 2021  |  Posted in General

Report: Lack of child care in rural Nebraska impacts business, communities, crime, security

Our investments in young children in rural communities are directly related to economic growth, public safety and quality of life in Greater Nebraska. First Five Nebraska hosted a webinar for release of Council for a Strong America's report on the scarcity of child care in rural communities that included a discussion with Nebraska business, law enforcement, military and early care and education leaders. Read More

March 02, 2021  |  Posted in Research

Legislative report highlights serious challenges for early childhood programs due to COVID-19

First Five Nebraska (FFN) recently collaborated with early childhood partners and policymakers on the release of the Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska Legislature LR390 Interim Study Report, which examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state's early childhood workforce and infrastructure. Read More

February 18, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Sara Howard Joins FFN

We're happy to announce that Sara Howard has joined our staff as Policy Advisor. Sara served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature and was chair of the Health and Human Services Committee her final two years in the Unicameral. Sara brings extensive policy knowledge and a bipartisan approach to working on issues that positively impact children and families.  Read More

February 12, 2021  |  Posted in General

New report explores state, nationwide use of tax credits to spur early childhood investment

FFN recently partnered with the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), a national nonpartisan public policy center, to publish “Using Tax Credits to Help Address Child Care Challenges: Availability, Quality and Affordability.” The report explores how Nebraska and other states are using tax credits to boost private investment and expand the funding landscape for early childhood infrastructure. Read More

February 11, 2021  |  Posted in Research

LB531: Incentivizing child care quality, capacity through private investment

The Legislature’s Revenue Committee heard testimony this week on LB531: Adopt the Nebraska Child Care Tax Credit Act. Introduced by Senator Tom Briese, District 41, the legislation would offer financial incentives to taxpayers—including businesses and individuals—to bolster early childhood infrastructure through targeted contributions. 

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February 05, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation
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