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A provider’s perspective on operating a child care business during the pandemic

Mariah Stowe, a Lincoln child care provider, testified on LR390 before the Legislature's Appropriations Committee on the tough decisions facing child care professionals during COVID-19.  Read More

October 09, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

We need Nebraska to be competitive, which means our workforce needs access to quality child care

At a recent Appropriations Committee hearing, TMCO CEO Diane Temme Stinton testified on LR390, an interim study assessing the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on Nebraska's early childhood workforce and early care and education system.  Read More

October 08, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Senators learn of COVID-19 impacts on state’s early childhood workforce and education system

FFN's Elizabeth Everett tesified at a legislative hearing for LR390 this week, along with experts from the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, the state’s early childhood system, business and child care.   Read More

October 01, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

NECC’s Toolkit program helps child care providers acquire state licensure

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative’s Licensing Toolkit program helps unlicensed and new child care providers on their journey to state licensure through hands-on support, resources and materials to meet licensing requirements and membership in a professional network for family child care busineses owners.  

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September 24, 2020  |  Posted in General

Early childhood programs’ success, community vitality focus of conference

Nearly 700 civic, business and education leaders, from 99 Nebraska communities, 20 states and Washington, D.C., came together for the third annual “Thriving Children, Families, and Communities” conference Monday to focus on quality early childhood programs—which became even more critical with the pandemic—and their connection to community economic development and vitality.

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September 17, 2020  |  Posted in General

FFN’s Policy Leadership Academy plans to recruit next class in spring 2021

First Five Nebraska, in partnership with Communities for Kids, launched the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy in 2019 to engage policymakers on early childhood policy at the state level and in their communities. Read More

September 10, 2020  |  Posted in General

Elevate20: A Virtual Business Summit for Child Care Providers is Now Live!

Elevate20 is a business conference designed specifically to meet the needs of Nebraska family child care homes and child care centers in the areas of technology, human resources, marketing, leadership and finances. The conference is online and on-demand this year and is live through September 12. 

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September 02, 2020  |  Posted in General

Lack of child care costs Nebraskans $745 million per year, report finds

A new study by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research for First Five Nebraska finds that gaps in child care availability negatively impact family income, employer profitability and state revenue.

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August 27, 2020  |  Posted in Research

Nebraska Legislature: 2020 Early Childhood Policy Highlights

The 106th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die August 13. Here's an overview and summary of bills affecting early childhood policy from this year's session. Read More

August 20, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

School readiness tax credit program revised to benefit more child care providers

Governor Ricketts signs LB266 into law, giving self-employed child care providers and those classified as S-Corps access to the school readiness tax credit, as intended in the original legislation.

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August 19, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation
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