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How Fathers’ Engagement Contributes to Their Children’s Development

Findings from the rapidly growing science of brain development in early childhood show the positive, lifelong impact fathers can have by being engaged early in their children’s lives. Here are 10 facts about father engagement. Read More

June 13, 2018  |  Posted in Research

2 New Sixpence Grants Connect Child Care Providers, Schools to Promote Quality Early Learning

Auburn and Hastings are recipients of the latest round of Sixpence Child Care Partnership grants. The grants are awarded to school districts who have partnered with local licensed child care providers to improve the care for infants and toddlers at risk. Read More

June 07, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Works Toward an Early Childhood Integrated Data System

It's becoming increasingly important that Nebraska stakeholders have access to early care and education data to help make decisions about how best to prepare our young children for success. FFN Policy Research Analyst Ben Baumfalk and the Early Childhood Data Coalition are working to develop an integrated data system that will collect and maintain information from various early childhood programs and services. Read More

May 31, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Healthy Digital Media Use Habits for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

​​​The American Academy of Pediatrics’ website HealthyChildren.org outlines healthy digital media use for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Read More

May 24, 2018  |  Posted in General

Jen Goettemoeller Departs First Five Nebraska

Senior Policy Associate Jen Goettemoeller leaves First Five Nebraska today after working more than a decade to improve the lives of Nebraska's young children at risk. Read More

May 17, 2018  |  Posted in General

Senators Begin Work on Interim Studies

Nebraska Senators introduced 108 Interim Study resolutions at the end of the recent Legislative session. We've indentified those that have potential to affect early childhood issues and will keep you updated on their progress. Read More

May 10, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Happy 30th Anniversary Nebraska Family Child Care Association!

NFCCA promotes family child care as a profession, where child care providers can network, have a statewide voice in legislative matters and earn in-service training hours in early childhood education.  Read More

May 03, 2018  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Legislature: 2018 Early Childhood Policy Highlights

The 105th Nebraska Legislature, Second Session, adjourned sine die April 18. To balance the state budget, Governor Ricketts introduced across-the-board cuts resulting in early childhood programs receiving a 2% cut for FY2018-2019 and a 4% cut the following year. Here's our session-end report detailing specific bills impacting early childhood this session. Read More

April 26, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Why You Should Read that Book to a Child One More Time

Do you feel dread when asked to read the same book to a young child over and over? Take heart, researchers say you're helping the child in important ways when you do.  Read More

April 12, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Cuts to Quality Early Childhood Funding Pose a Risk-vs.-Gain Problem for Taxpayers

Nebraska’s Corrections system has been the subject of urgent discussion in the Legislature given its insufficient facilities, prison rioting and workforce instability. Reducing state funding for Sixpence and other quality early childhood programs represents a very small savings to taxpayers in the larger scheme of things. If even a few young children at risk eventually drift into the Corrections system, it will be too late to ask ourselves if those savings were worth it. Read More

March 29, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation
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