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LB351 becomes law, promotes child care quality and capacity in Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB351 into law today, allowing child care providers transitioning to a new license type to serve more children to retain their rating in Nebraska Step Up to Quality. Read More

April 06, 2021  |  Posted in General Legislation

State Budget Proposal Includes Additional Investments in Sixpence

Funding for infant and toddler services through Sixpence would increase by an additional $2.5 million per year for the next two years if the biennial budget bill is approved. Read More

April 01, 2021  |  Posted in General Legislation

LB351 seeks to remove unnecessary barriers to increase child care capacity, quality

LB351 seeks to remove barriers for early childhood providers by allowing them to retain their quality rating in Step Up to Quality if they change license type. The bill recently advanced to Select File.  Read More

March 10, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Legislative report highlights serious challenges for early childhood programs due to COVID-19

First Five Nebraska (FFN) recently collaborated with early childhood partners and policymakers on the release of the Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska Legislature LR390 Interim Study Report, which examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state's early childhood workforce and infrastructure. Read More

February 18, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

LB531: Incentivizing child care quality, capacity through private investment

The Legislature’s Revenue Committee heard testimony this week on LB531: Adopt the Nebraska Child Care Tax Credit Act. Introduced by Senator Tom Briese, District 41, the legislation would offer financial incentives to taxpayers—including businesses and individuals—to bolster early childhood infrastructure through targeted contributions. 

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February 05, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

FFN identifies bills in the Legislature that could affect early childhood

State senators introduced 684 bills and 10 Constitutional amendments this legislative session. Learn more about bills FFN is monitoring bills that could affect early childhood and how to access their current status on our website. Read More

January 28, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Incoming Administration proposes further economic relief for child care

President-Elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill which includes additional funding and emergency tax relief to bolster the child care industry and provide crucial financial relief to struggling families. Read More

January 15, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Legislature convenes its 2021 session

The 107th Nebraska Legislature opened the first session of the two-year biennium this week. The first order of business was swearing in eight new senators and electing the Speaker and committee chairs. Follow FFN's social media to keep up to date on bills affecting early childhood during this year's 90-day session. Read More

January 07, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Child care providers—Apply now for the School Readiness Tax Credit

Refundable and nonrefundable tax credits will be available to more child care professionals and programs through the 2020 tax year, but time is running out to claim them on your 2020 tax return. NOW is the time to apply. We encourage you to use our step-by-step guides to help you move through the application process. Read More

December 10, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

State looks at strengthening early childhood system amid pandemic

Interim study LR390 is underway to examine the fiscal and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nebraska’s early childhood workforce and early childhood care and education system. FFN and public and private partners are developing potential policy recommendations based on what was learned.    Read More

November 17, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation
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