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Elizabeth Everett visits Henderson, McCook to learn about early childhood infrastructure

In October, Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett traveled to McCook and Henderson, two Communities 4 Kids towns that had just completed communitywide surveys to understand their current early childhood infrastructure and gaps. Read More

November 14, 2019  |  Posted in General

Jason Prokop joins First Five Nebraska

We'd like to introduce our new director, Jason Prokop, who joined First Five Nebraska this month after founding director Becky Veak asked to transition into a new role as coordinator of our Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy.  

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November 07, 2019  |  Posted in General

Mike Feeken Joins FFN Staff as Business Engagement Associate

Mike Feeken will lead our work to involve the public and private sectors in early childhood efforts as a key strategy for local economic development. Read More

October 31, 2019  |  Posted in General

Quality early child care emerges as a key economic development tool

Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett led a panel discussion at this year's Thriving Children conference on the role early childhood plays in a community’s growth and vitality. Read More

September 19, 2019  |  Posted in General

Newly developed resource will help new and expectant parents guide children’s early development

New parenting resource will be distributed to families of young children statewide through Nebraska's Preschool Development Grant. Read More

September 11, 2019  |  Posted in General

Fremont shows leadership in how communities can invest in quality child care

Fremont City Council approved a $71,121 Local Option Economic Development Loan to enable an area entrepreneur to launch a business that will help address the workforce needs of a much wider circle of employers in the community. The business? Pearl Academy, an early childhood education and care center. Read More

September 05, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

Blueprint Nebraska offers bold vision for state’s early childhood education and infrastructure

Blueprint Nebraska has released its report following a year of gathering information from more than 7,000 Nebraskans and industry leaders to build a roadmap of strategic initiatives to shape the state's future. We're excited to see the plan includes robust early care and learning infrastructure among its priorities. 

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August 22, 2019  |  Posted in General

Elizabeth Everett visits Ogallala and Lewellen to learn about early childhood programs

Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett continues her statewide tour learning about early childhood infrastructure in Nebraska. This trip she's in Ogallala and Lewellen.  Read More

August 09, 2019  |  Posted in General

Three things Nebraska employers need to know about child care

Nebraska employers statewide face serious challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining talented workers. If you’re an employer with parents of young children on staff, you can bet child care impacts their income, quality of life and ability to stay engaged at work. And that affects your company's productivity and growth. 

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August 01, 2019  |  Posted in General

Governor Ricketts’ economic development conference focuses on growth, challenges

Like affordable housing, public transportation and quality jobs, high-quality child care is necessary to attract and retain a talented workforce in Nebraska communities.  Read More

July 25, 2019  |  Posted in General
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