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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

A Look Back: Senator Kathy Campbell

Senator Kathy Campbell continues our blog series by term-limited senators looking back over their eight years in the Nebraska Legislature. Thank you for your service to Nebraska Senator Campbell.  Read More

December 15, 2016  |  Posted in General Legislation

Why Talking About Math With Kids Is Important

“Number talk” at home is a key predictor of children’s math achievement in school, yet many parents don’t speak enough about numbers with their children. Read More

December 08, 2016  |  Posted in Research

A Look Back: Senator Tanya Cook

This is part of a series of blog posts by Nebraska's term-limited senators. We thank them for their dedication and service to Nebraska. In this post, Senator Tanya Cook looks back on her eight years representing District 13.  Read More

December 01, 2016  |  Posted in General

Broken Bow Sixpence: A Model of Quality in Rural Nebraska

Broken Bow Sixpence and partners offer high-quality education to prepare children at risk for lifelong success.  Read More

November 17, 2016  |  Posted in General
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