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Community Assistance Funding for COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, communities across Nebraska are responding on the local level through creation of community-driven programs for families, businesses and nonprofits who are impacted. Some of these programs respond directly to the needs of early childhood professionals, while others support the economic viability of local businesses. As a local provider, we encourage you to reach out to your local chambers of commerce or economic development corporations to see how you can be included in local business programs. 

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April 02, 2020  |  Posted in

FAQ: Early Childhood Program Class Size during COVID-19

This following is our interpretation of the most recent information regarding class size currently available from State of Nebraska and federal sources. We encourage early childhood and child care providers to stay current with ongoing developments in their counties and municipalities by consulting Nebraska DHHS and your local health departments websites.  Read More

April 01, 2020  |  Posted in

COVID-19: State agency updates

Learn the latest news from Nebraska state agencies.  Read More

March 30, 2020  |  Posted in

COVID-19: Updates from the Governor

Learn the latest news from Governor Pete Ricketts on the current public health emergency. Read More

March 30, 2020  |  Posted in General Legislation

First Five Nebraska Statement on Executive Order 20-08: Coronavirus—Expanding Access to Child Care

An Executive Order from the Nebraska’s Governor’s Office was formulated in an attempt to increase access to child care for parents in infrastructure-critical roles during the COVID-19 crisis by temporarily easing or suspending certain licensing and regulatory procedures governing child care. First Five Nebraska questions the solution the Order offers on two main points.  Read More

March 27, 2020  |  Posted in General

FAQ: Unemployment Benefits for Early Childhood Professionals during COVID-19

COVID-19 has put a profound strain on Nebraska's early childhood and child care professionals. We've compiled the latest information on state and federal unemployment insurance benefits to help early childhood professionals protect their financial security during this national crisis.  Read More

March 25, 2020  |  Posted in General

First Five Nebraska and partners submit policy recommendations to federal delegates

This week, First Five Nebraska and allies contacted Nebraska's federal delegates with policy proposals for financial lifelines that could help keep more of our state's child care programs viable in the months ahead. Read More

March 24, 2020  |  Posted in

COVID-19: Nebraska Legislature updates

Stay current on the latest news from state senators.  Read More

March 24, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

FFN and partners urge early childhood policies to mitigate COVID-19 effects

First Five Nebraska and allies submitted policy suggestions to state agency leaders this week to offset the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on families and communities by reinforcing the state's early childhood infrastructure. Read More

March 20, 2020  |  Posted in General

FAQ: Early Childhood Business Assistance for COVID-19

The COVID-19 emergency has put a profound strain on Nebraska's early childhood small businesses. This guide provides information on state and federal programs that can help small business owners cope with the pandemic.

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March 20, 2020  |  Posted in
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