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Study: Benefits of Early Childhood Education Persist into High School

Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs later experience higher graduation rates, decreased grade retention and fewer special education placements when compared with students who did not participate, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. Read More

November 22, 2017  |  Posted in Research

Researchers Identify ‘Magic 8’ Practices to Create Excellent Preschool Classrooms

A study of 840 children over two years has identified eight teacher actions that had the largest effect on students' success in preschool and preparation for kindergarten. 

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November 09, 2017  |  Posted in Research

2018 Golden Sower Nominees Announced

Nominees have been announced for the 2018 Golden Sower Awards, Nebraska’s children’s choice literary award for picture books, chapter books and novels. 

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November 01, 2017  |  Posted in General

Today is Read for the Record Day

Today is Read for the Record Day when millions of people read the same book to highlight the importance of early literacy and instilling a joy of reading in young children.  Read More

October 19, 2017  |  Posted in General

Tax Credits Are Available to Support Quality Child Care Programs and Staff

Nebraska senators passed legislation (LB889) in 2016 giving tax credits to child care programs and their early childhood staff members beginning with tax year 2017. Read More

October 12, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Study: Head Start Benefits Extend to Second Generation of Kids

A new study shows that the benefits of Head Start extend decades later to children whose parents participated in the early childhood program in the 1960s.

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October 05, 2017  |  Posted in Research

Report: 20,000+ Nebraska Children Are Being Raised by Grandparents

Generations United's annual report shows 20,808 Nebraska children are being raised by their grandparents.   Read More

September 21, 2017  |  Posted in General

Step Up to Quality Marks 3rd Anniversary

Nebraska Step Up to Quality helps child care providers who are committed to being the best they can be to give children the strong start we know is so important. As Step Up to Quality marks its third anniversary, they have debuted an interactive map on their website parents can access to learn the locations and ratings of participating programs in their area. Read More

September 14, 2017  |  Posted in General

2017 Market Rate Survey is Released

DHHS is required to oversee a child care Market Rate Survey every two years to set child care provider subsidy rates within the context of market conditions. The purpose is to ensure children receiving assistance through the Child Care Subsidy Program have access to the pool of providers equal to the access of provider-paying families. Read More

September 07, 2017  |  Posted in General Legislation

Strolling Thunder: Daisy and Kayla’s Summer Adventure

Crete's Daisy Ortiz and daughter Kayla took part in Strolling Thunder, an event this summer aimed at drawing attention to legislation supporting babies, toddlers and their parents.  Read More

August 31, 2017  |  Posted in General
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