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Proposed Budget Provides $3.7 Million to Help Nebraska’s 62,287 Children At Risk

The Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee included an additional $3.7 million in funding for schools in its mid-biennium budget released today. The allocation is to provide early childhood opportunities that close the achievement gap for children at risk of failing in school. Read More

March 07, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

41% of Nebraska’s Children Ages 0-5 Are At Risk

Newly released U.S. Census data shows that 41% of Nebraska children ages 0-5 face risk factors that threaten their ability to thrive in school and beyond. These children live in every county in the state, and more than 50% of them reside in rural Nebraska. Read More

March 06, 2014  |  Posted in Research

Success in School Starts with Attachment and Bonding at Home

What’s key to a child forming healthy attachments? “Somebody’s got to be crazy about that kid. That’s number one. First, last, and always,” said developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner. Read More

February 27, 2014  |  Posted in General

Which is Best for Babies: ‘Baby Talk’ or Complex Sentences?

Speaking directly to babies and toddlers in rich, complex sentences like this one will help them build language and vocabulary skills by connecting words and meaning, and learning through context, said Stanford researcher Anne Fernald at a symposium last week. Read More

February 19, 2014  |  Posted in Research

Investing Early in Children Is Sound Strategy for Cutting Corrections Costs

Nebraska would save $25,419 in victim, court and incarceration costs for every child enrolled in full-day, center-based early childhood education programs, says the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln’s Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS). Read More

February 12, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation Research

LB944 Would Help Children Struggling with Self-Regulation Skills

Taking turns, following instructions, getting along with others and dealing with distractions—all of these are components of an important set of skills that help children succeed in school and later become independent, self-sufficient adults. Read More

February 05, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

First Five Nebraska Priority Bills Focus on Giving Children a Great Start

It is in Nebraska’s best interest to ensure that our children enter kindergarten with the experience they need to become successful students. A child’s first five years are critically important for healthy brain and social/emotional development, and First Five Nebraska is committed to supporting legislation that helps children get the start they need to grow into confident, capable, productive citizens. Read More

January 29, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

Board Games Improve Math Skills

Simple things can make a big difference. Studies show that time spent playing board games boosts the math skills of children in early childhood programs. Read More

January 23, 2014  |  Posted in Research

‘Word Gap’ Leads to Slower Learning

Researchers tell us that by the time children from low-income homes enter kindergarten, they have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. The result of this word deficit is a smaller vocabulary, which leads to slower learning. Children learn words spoken directly to them, and the more words they hear at a very young age, the better prepared they’ll be when they start school. Read More

January 15, 2014  |  Posted in Research

Play It Forward

Families that play together build strong relationships. Whether it's reading together, playing board games during cold, blustery days or playing outside in the summer, interacting with young children helps build the strong neural foundation and social-emotional skills they'll need to succeed in school and later in life. Read More

January 08, 2014  |  Posted in General
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