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We support LB720, Which Would Create a New Business Development Tax-Incentive Program

Communities need a strong infrastructure to attract and retain businesses, and we believe that infrastructure should include high-quality child care to support working parents and employers.   Read More

March 07, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB564 Revises Scope of Financing Act to Include Child Care Facilities

LB564 revises the definition of facilities eligible to receive grant funding under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund to include child care, among other things.           Read More

March 06, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

First Five Nebraska Testifies on Legislative Bills Affecting Early Childhood

The 106th Nebraska Legislature is in the eighth week of its 2019 90-day session. Here are updates on six bills First Five Nebraska has testified on this session. They are: LB590, LB266, LB66, LB160, LB459 and LB341.

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February 28, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB590 Offers Cost Efficiencies for State Government and Child Care Providers

Integrating NECPRS (the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System online database) into Nebraska’s child care licensing procedure would expedite and simplify the process of verifying provider training and education, resulting in cost and procedural efficiencies for state government and child care providers.

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February 07, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB266 Will Widen Access to the School Readiness Tax Credit

On February 1, Senator Brett Lindstrom (District 17) presented LB266 to the Revenue Committee for public hearing. If advanced to law, the bill will widen access to Nebraska's School Readiness Tax Credits for early care and learning providers and professionals.  Read More

February 01, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

Statewide Early Childhood Policy Initiative Launches to Train, Educate Community Leaders

Civic leaders representing 21 Nebraska communities came together in Grand Island on January 16 for the inaugural meeting of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy. The Academy’s goal is to help participants engage policymakers and key stakeholders in conversations about strengthening Nebraska’s local and statewide early childhood infrastructure.

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January 17, 2019  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Legislature Convenes First Session of Two-Year Bienniem

The 106th Nebraska Legislature, First Session, convened its 2019 session this week. The first day, new senators plus re-elected senators were sworn into office and Senator Jim Scheer was re-elected Speaker of the Legislature for the next two years. Senators also elected chair positions for the 14 standing committees, the Executive Board and the Committee on Committees. 

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January 10, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

Blueprint Nebraska: Building a Sustainable Economic Future

Blueprint Nebraska is seeking statewide input and ideas on Nebraska's economic growth priorities through an online community survey. Read More

December 20, 2018  |  Posted in General

2019 Nebraska Legislature to Convene January 9

The 106th Nebraska Legislature, First Session, will convene January 9 for 90 days, marking the beginning a new biennium that includes passing a two-year state budget. Read More

December 13, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Cultivating Gratitude Supports Social-Emotional Development

Helping children develop gratitude and other social-emotional skills helps them be more hopeful, empathetic and helpful to others. There are easy steps parents can take to cultivate gratitude and grasp the power of appreciation and kindness in their children.  Read More

November 21, 2018  |  Posted in General
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