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Highlights of the 2019 Nebraska Legislative Session

Here's a look at this year's contentious legislative session and updates on bills affecting early childhood, including those that were passed into law and those that will be held over for the 2020 session.  Read More

June 06, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

New Video Breaks Down Serve and Return into 5 Simple Steps

Responsive and attentive child-adult relationships with many back-and-forth interactions build a strong foundation in a child's brain. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child defines five easy steps to practice serve-and-return with babies.    Read More

May 23, 2019  |  Posted in General Research

Child Care Providers are a Key Component of Community Growth

Child care providers are often overlooked, but important, small businesses that are essential for our communities and state to thrive.  Read More

May 09, 2019  |  Posted in General

Report: Lack of High-Quality Care Affects Suitability for Military Service

Military officers representing Mission: Readness released a report April 30 on the shrinking recruitment pool for our nation's military. They said the experiences during children's early developmental years impact lifelong outcomes, including fitness for military service.   Read More

May 02, 2019  |  Posted in General

Governor Signs Proclamation Focused on Community, Economic Growth

Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring this Community Development Week to celebrate Nebraskans who are  working every day to build their communities and the "partnerships and local support that make community and economic development achievements possible.”

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April 25, 2019  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Wins National Grant to Expand High-Quality Prenatal-to-Age-3 Services

Pritzker Children’s Initiative has awarded Nebraska a planning grant to establish an actionable prenatal-to-age-3 policy framework. First Five Nebraska will lead this cross-sector effort that will dovetail closely with work already underway on the federal Preschool Development Grant.

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April 18, 2019  |  Posted in General

Lincoln Steps Up to Provide a Big Boost for Our Little Ones

A new early childhood initiative, the Lincoln Littles Early Learning Fund, is giving the capital city’s little ones a big boost. Led by Lincoln Community Foundation in partnership with the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Lincoln Littles is one example of a community stepping up to make high-quality child care more accessible to families. Read More

April 11, 2019  |  Posted in General

Elizabeth Everett Saw the Beauty, Challenges of her Adopted State in Leadership Nebraska

Elizabeth Everett, new Nebraska resident and one of our Policy Associates, found the beauty of Nebraska and its challenges during her time in the State Chamber's Leadership Nebraska Class XI.  Read More

April 04, 2019  |  Posted in General

Update on Early Childhood Bills Moving Through the Legislature

The Nebraska Legislature just passed the halfway point of this year’s 90-day session. Committee hearings have ended and full-day floor debate begins April 2. Here's an update of early childhood bills working their way through the legislative process. Read More

March 28, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

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
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