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Reading to Children 15 Minutes Daily Makes a Big Impact

If a parent reads to a child just 15 minutes a day starting at birth, by kindergarten, they will have shared 456.25 hours of reading together. The benefits for the child include a larger vocabulary, plus the security and confidence that result from a parent's one-on-one attention. Read More

September 25, 2014  |  Posted in General

5 Questions with Barbara Clay: Nebraska Child Care Provider Participating in Step Up to Quality

Tell us about yourself -- how did you get started with your child care business? I began U.N.I.Q.U.E. Childcare and Family Services Family Home in 1997 in the North Omaha community. The mission and vision of our child care is: Using Necessary Involvement to provide Quality Unlimited Education to children and their families. We currently serve eight children and are licensed for 10. Read More

September 18, 2014  |  Posted in General Legislation

Why We Still Need Grandma and Grandpa’s Kitchen Table

How old were you when you realized that your parents weren’t the omnipotent beings you thought they were? I was about midway through second grade, and on a family visit to grandma and grandpa’s several hours’ drive from where we lived. Read More

September 04, 2014  |  Posted in General

Hands-On Learning at the State Fair

Great hands-on learning opportunities at the Nebraska State Fair offer families a chance to celebrate the end of summer and spend some time together. Read More

August 27, 2014  |  Posted in General

Step Up to Quality RFP Release and Announcement

In 2013, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB507, establishing the Step Up to Quality Child Care Act - resulting in Nebraska’s Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System.  The implementation of Step Up to Quality is in the early stages but much has occurred in its development that will provide valuable information for moving forward. Read More

August 24, 2014  |  Posted in General

What Does ‘Being Ready for School’ Really Mean?

On the first day of kindergarten, the child who is ready to learn is not necessarily the one who can count to 20 or name all the colors in the rainbow, rather it’s the child who can pay attention, take turns, get along with others and follow directions. Read More

August 21, 2014  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Law Enforcement Leaders: Quality Early Care and Education Would Reduce Future Crime

Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady has called on lawmakers to expand high-quality early care and education to lower crime. Casady spoke on behalf of Nebraska’s 80 members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Read More

August 14, 2014  |  Posted in General

TBT: Kirk Cameron, Moms, Summer Fun & Kool-Aid!

“Kids are kids . . .And moms are moms; they know what’s good for kids . . . Moms are moms; they know what’s fun for kids.” Read More

August 06, 2014  |  Posted in General

Keep Your Family Safe This Summer!

It’s summertime and a variety of activities fill the schedules of kids and families. The warm weather brings more opportunity for fun outdoors, but also the potential for accidents. Here are a few safety rules to keep you and your loved ones safe as you enjoy the summer. Read More

July 23, 2014  |  Posted in General

5 Books for the 4th!

Reading together builds closer relationships plus language and literacy skills for the youngest people in our lives! Read More

July 03, 2014  |  Posted in General
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