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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

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

Nebraska Legislators Adjourn Sine Die

The first session of Nebraska's 105th Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 23, Senators tackled many important issues and introduced nearly 700 bills, but the session was dominated by efforts to achieve a balanced budget despite significant revenue shortfalls. See our report on bills we identified as high-priority during this legislative session. 

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May 24, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

NHHS Implements Changes Resulting from Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) was reauthorized by a strong bipartisan vote in 2014. Staff at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services have worked tirelessly since the reauthorization to implement new policies. Here's an update on changes that have gone into effect and others that are being considered.  Read More

May 11, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Reading Skills Begin in Early Childhood

Children who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade face a daunting roadblock to their future education and professional success. Deficits in reading skills start much earlier than third grade. By getting ahead of the problem before children even start school, we can greatly mitigate the costs of assessment and intervention later in the K-12 system. 

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May 04, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

LB335 Would Freeze Child Care Provider Subsidy Reimbursement Rates

LB335 is scheduled for discussion by the Legislature this week. The bill offers very limited and non-sustainable savings to the state, potentially at long-term costs to Nebraska’s children and taxpayers. Read More

March 20, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Education Committee to Hold Hearing on School Funding Bill

LB521 adjusts the TEEOSA formula to benefit children at risk across the state regardless of their district's equalization status.  Read More

February 28, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Legislation to Watch

Nebraska senators introduced nearly 700 bills in the first 10 days of the current legislative session. Of those, we’ve identified six as priority bills and 90 others that have the potential to impact the earliest years of a child’s life. Read More

February 16, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Signs of Dyslexia Are Evident in the Early Years, Are Remediable with Intervention

For over 40 years I have researched the origins and development of dyslexia in children beginning with newborn infants and following them through age 13. Our work has shown the clear impacts of speech discrimination skills at birth on the development of language at ages 3 and 5, and subsequent impacts on reading skills at age 8.

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February 08, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Child Care Provider Rates, School Financing, the Budget Among Our Priority Bills

Earlier this month, members of the Nebraska Legislature once again began their important work at the state Capitol.We have identified several bills with potential to affect early childhood and designated them as priorities this legislative session.  Read More

January 26, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation
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