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Nebraska Legislators Adjourn Sine Die

The first session of Nebraska's 105th Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 23, Senators tackled many important issues and introduced nearly 700 bills, but the session was dominated by efforts to achieve a balanced budget despite significant revenue shortfalls. See our report on bills we identified as high-priority during this legislative session. 

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May 24, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Head Start Changes Program Standards to Increase Child Outcomes

Twenty-one grantees across Nebraska provide Head Start services to more than 5,783 young children ages birth to age 5 and pregnant women. Key changes are being implemented to enhance high-quality early learning opportunities aimed at helping to eliminate the education achievement gap.  Read More

May 17, 2017  |  Posted in General

NHHS Implements Changes Resulting from Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) was reauthorized by a strong bipartisan vote in 2014. Staff at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services have worked tirelessly since the reauthorization to implement new policies. Here's an update on changes that have gone into effect and others that are being considered.  Read More

May 11, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Reading Skills Begin in Early Childhood

Children who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade face a daunting roadblock to their future education and professional success. Deficits in reading skills start much earlier than third grade. By getting ahead of the problem before children even start school, we can greatly mitigate the costs of assessment and intervention later in the K-12 system. 

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May 04, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

April 21 is National Kindergarten Day

April 21 is National Kindergarten Day. Thank you for all you do Nebraska kindergarten teachers!  Read More

April 20, 2017  |  Posted in General

Sixpence Debuts New Website

Sixpence Early Learning Fund has given thousands of Nebraska infants and toddlers at risk a stronger start in life by promoting high-quality early learning opportunities. It recently launched a new website as part of its 10-year anniversary celebration.  Read More

April 06, 2017  |  Posted in General

Panel Will Study Early Childhood Workforce Shortage in Nebraska

FFN Director Becky Veak is serving on a Buffett Early Childhood Institute commission to develop a comprehensive plan for expanding and strengthening Nebraska's early childhood workforce. The group includes leaders from state government, higher education, public schools, child care, health care, advocacy, philanthropy, practitioners and the business community. Read More

March 23, 2017  |  Posted in General

LB335 Would Freeze Child Care Provider Subsidy Reimbursement Rates

LB335 is scheduled for discussion by the Legislature this week. The bill offers very limited and non-sustainable savings to the state, potentially at long-term costs to Nebraska’s children and taxpayers. Read More

March 20, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

Nation’s Governors Make Early Childhood a Priority

Governors made early childhood education a priority at their recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Early childhood was discussed during the opening session, with emphasis on how quality education in a child’s most formative years can help build economic strength and yield social benefits for our communities. Read More

March 09, 2017  |  Posted in General

It’s Read Across America Day

Today is a reminder that making reading to children a priority prepares them for success in school and later in life.  Read More

March 02, 2017  |  Posted in General
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