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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

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