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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

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

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

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

Streamlining Reporting for Child Care Licensing Offers Many Benefits

The current method used to verify qualifications of Nebraska early childhood educators in licensed programs is unnecessarily cumbersome, and a system already in use provides a simple solution. Read More

October 25, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

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
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