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CARES Act funds will support Nebraska’s child care system as state moves toward economic recovery

Here's FFN's breakdown of how $20 million in federal funds resulting from passage of the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be used to stabilize and strengthen Nebraska's child care infrastructure and other school-based education services for children. 

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June 02, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Changes in the Child Care Development Block Grant under COVID-19

The state has temporarily eased or suspended certain licensing and regulatory procedures governing child care as a result of the coronavirous pandemic, including paying providers who accept the child care subsidy for enrollment rather than attendance.  Read More

May 08, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

COVID-19: Updates from the Governor

Learn the latest news from Governor Pete Ricketts on the current public health emergency. Read More

March 30, 2020  |  Posted in General Legislation

COVID-19: Nebraska Legislature updates

Stay current on the latest news from state senators.  Read More

March 24, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Early Childhood: A Dollars-and-Sense Issue for Gage County

Sr. Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett spoke recently at a gathering of Gage County leaders on creating a high-quality child care infrastructure to develop, attract and anchor a much-needed up-and-coming workforce in Beatrice and Gage County.

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March 05, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Senators advance LB266 to Final Reading

The 2020 session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature is in its third week. Senators introduced 482 new legislative proposals this session. Over the next 30 days, the 14 standing committees will conduct a public hearing for each new introduced bill. Read More

January 30, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Legislature convenes for 60-day session

The 106th Nebraska Legislature has convened for its short, 60-day session, with April 23 slated as the final day. Many priority issues and carryover bills from last session need to be addressed in this limited time, so it will be a very busy few months. Read More

January 09, 2020  |  Posted in General Legislation

Fremont shows leadership in how communities can invest in quality child care

Fremont City Council approved a $71,121 Local Option Economic Development Loan to enable an area entrepreneur to launch a business that will help address the workforce needs of a much wider circle of employers in the community. The business? Pearl Academy, an early childhood education and care center. Read More

September 05, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

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

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
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