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Thank you, Barry Kennedy, for Your Support of Early Childhood

To say outgoing Nebraska Chamber President Barry Kennedy is an advocate of early childhood is an understatement. He has been a long-time champion of Nebraska’s youngest children and has spoken frequently on the importance of access to quality early childhood programs.  Read More

August 09, 2018  |  Posted in General

327 Child Care Programs in Step Up to Quality as it Marks 4th Anniversary

Parents can view a map with information on child care providers participating in Step Up to Quality, including the program's name and address, director and size of the program, website, email address and the program's step rating on the 5-point scale.  Read More

August 02, 2018  |  Posted in General

Nebraska Delegation Attends Hunt Institute on Early Childhood

Policy Associate Elizabeth Lopez Everett represented Nebraska at a recent summit on early childhood along with Senator Mike Hilgers and Senator Sara Howard, and representatives from the Nebraska Depts. of Education and Health and Human Services, Sixpence and other early childhood groups. Focus of the conference was early brain development, policy ideas and innovative programs to support and nurture babies, toddlers and their families. Read More

July 12, 2018  |  Posted in General

Why Keeping Kids Learning and Reading Over the Summer is So Important

Engaging kids in reading and enrichment activities during the summer means they will return to school in the fall ready to learn. Unfortunately, children without summer learning opportunities often lose ground, which is a major factor in growth of the achievement gap.  Read More

July 05, 2018  |  Posted in General

Nebraska’s Early Learning Guidelines Revised

The Nebraska Department of Education has revised their Early Learning Guidelines, which are based on research and practices, and assist early childhood professionals and families support young children’s learning and development.

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June 28, 2018  |  Posted in General

How Fathers’ Engagement Contributes to Their Children’s Development

Findings from the rapidly growing science of brain development in early childhood show the positive, lifelong impact fathers can have by being engaged early in their children’s lives. Here are 10 facts about father engagement. Read More

June 13, 2018  |  Posted in Research

2 New Sixpence Grants Connect Child Care Providers, Schools to Promote Quality Early Learning

Auburn and Hastings are recipients of the latest round of Sixpence Child Care Partnership grants. The grants are awarded to school districts who have partnered with local licensed child care providers to improve the care for infants and toddlers at risk. Read More

June 07, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

Nebraska Works Toward an Early Childhood Integrated Data System

It's becoming increasingly important that Nebraska stakeholders have access to early care and education data to help make decisions about how best to prepare our young children for success. FFN Policy Research Analyst Ben Baumfalk and the Early Childhood Data Coalition are working to develop an integrated data system that will collect and maintain information from various early childhood programs and services. Read More

May 31, 2018  |  Posted in Research

Healthy Digital Media Use Habits for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

​​​The American Academy of Pediatrics’ website HealthyChildren.org outlines healthy digital media use for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Read More

May 24, 2018  |  Posted in General

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
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