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Report: Lack of child care in rural Nebraska impacts business, communities, crime, security

Our investments in young children in rural communities are directly related to economic growth, public safety and quality of life in Greater Nebraska. First Five Nebraska hosted a webinar for release of Council for a Strong America's report on the scarcity of child care in rural communities that included a discussion with Nebraska business, law enforcement, military and early care and education leaders. Read More

March 02, 2021  |  Posted in Research

New report explores state, nationwide use of tax credits to spur early childhood investment

FFN recently partnered with the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), a national nonpartisan public policy center, to publish “Using Tax Credits to Help Address Child Care Challenges: Availability, Quality and Affordability.” The report explores how Nebraska and other states are using tax credits to boost private investment and expand the funding landscape for early childhood infrastructure. Read More

February 11, 2021  |  Posted in Research

Lack of child care costs Nebraskans $745 million per year, report finds

A new study by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research for First Five Nebraska finds that gaps in child care availability negatively impact family income, employer profitability and state revenue.

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August 27, 2020  |  Posted in Research

New video breaks down serve-and-return into 5 simple steps

Responsive and attentive child-adult relationships with many back-and-forth interactions build a strong foundation in a child's brain. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child defines five easy steps to practice serve-and-return with babies.    Read More

May 23, 2019  |  Posted in General Research

How Fathers’ Engagement Contributes to Their Children’s Development

Findings from the rapidly growing science of brain development in early childhood show the positive, lifelong impact fathers can have by being engaged early in their children’s lives. Here are 10 facts about father engagement. Read More

June 13, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Nebraska Works Toward an Early Childhood Integrated Data System

It's becoming increasingly important that Nebraska stakeholders have access to early care and education data to help make decisions about how best to prepare our young children for success. FFN Policy Research Analyst Ben Baumfalk and the Early Childhood Data Coalition are working to develop an integrated data system that will collect and maintain information from various early childhood programs and services. Read More

May 31, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Why You Should Read that Book to a Child One More Time

Do you feel dread when asked to read the same book to a young child over and over? Take heart, researchers say you're helping the child in important ways when you do.  Read More

April 12, 2018  |  Posted in Research

New Harvard Center on the Developing Child Video: Building Core Capabilities for Life

This new 5-minute video explores development and use of core capabilities, known as executive function skills, beginning in early childhood.  Read More

February 15, 2018  |  Posted in Research

New Census Data: 39% of Nebraska Children from Birth to Age 5 Are at Risk

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its latest  American Community Survey data and we have used it to calculate the number of children in Nebraska ages 0-5 who are at risk. Maps break down the data by county, Legislative districts and Congressional districts. Children who struggle in school have lower graduation rates, lower earnings and higher incarceration rates.   Read More

January 18, 2018  |  Posted in Research

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
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