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Jen Goettemoeller Departs First Five Nebraska

Senior Policy Associate Jen Goettemoeller leaves First Five Nebraska today after working more than a decade to improve the lives of Nebraska's young children at risk. Read More

May 17, 2018  |  Posted in General

Senators Begin Work on Interim Studies

Nebraska Senators introduced 108 Interim Study resolutions at the end of the recent Legislative session. We've indentified those that have potential to affect early childhood issues and will keep you updated on their progress. Read More

May 10, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Happy 30th Anniversary Nebraska Family Child Care Association!

NFCCA promotes family child care as a profession, where child care providers can network, have a statewide voice in legislative matters and earn in-service training hours in early childhood education.  Read More

May 03, 2018  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Legislature: 2018 Early Childhood Policy Highlights

The 105th Nebraska Legislature, Second Session, adjourned sine die April 18. To balance the state budget, Governor Ricketts introduced across-the-board cuts resulting in early childhood programs receiving a 2% cut for FY2018-2019 and a 4% cut the following year. Here's our session-end report detailing specific bills impacting early childhood this session. Read More

April 26, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

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

Cuts to Quality Early Childhood Funding Pose a Risk-vs.-Gain Problem for Taxpayers

Nebraska’s Corrections system has been the subject of urgent discussion in the Legislature given its insufficient facilities, prison rioting and workforce instability. Reducing state funding for Sixpence and other quality early childhood programs represents a very small savings to taxpayers in the larger scheme of things. If even a few young children at risk eventually drift into the Corrections system, it will be too late to ask ourselves if those savings were worth it. Read More

March 29, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Adam Feser Joins Policy Staff

We’re happy to introduce our new Policy Associate, Adam Feser. Adam most recently served as Executive Director of  Advocacy Partnership for People with Special Needs, Read More

March 22, 2018  |  Posted in General

Legislature Advances Budget Bill with Cuts to Early Childhood Programs

Bill contains cuts to the Sixpence Early Learning Fund, the Early Childhood Grant Program and Step Up to Quality. The small gains obtained from reductions to early care and education are likely to be lost by resulting future increased costs of special education services, grade retention and youth detention/rehabilitation services.   Read More

March 15, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Urge Senators to Retain Funding for Early Care and Education

We make it easy to contact Senators and ask them to retain funding for early care and education programs in Nebraska.  Read More

March 01, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Senators, Committees Select Their Priority Bills

Earlier this week, Nebraska Senators and Committees named priority bills; priority designation makes it more likely that a bill will be considered by the full Legislature this session. Thank you to Senator Harr for designating LB1108, which would adjust the School Readiness Tax Credit Act, as his priority bill.     Read More

February 22, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation
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