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Legislative report highlights serious challenges for early childhood programs due to COVID-19

First Five Nebraska (FFN) recently collaborated with early childhood partners and policymakers on the release of the Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska Legislature LR390 Interim Study Report, which examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state's early childhood workforce and infrastructure. Read More

February 18, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Sara Howard Joins FFN

We're happy to announce that Sara Howard has joined our staff as Policy Advisor. Sara served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature and was chair of the Health and Human Services Committee her final two years in the Unicameral. Sara brings extensive policy knowledge and a bipartisan approach to working on issues that positively impact children and families.  Read More

February 12, 2021  |  Posted in General

New report explores state, nationwide use of tax credits to spur early childhood investment

FFN recently partnered with the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), a national nonpartisan public policy center, to publish “Using Tax Credits to Help Address Child Care Challenges: Availability, Quality and Affordability.” The report explores how Nebraska and other states are using tax credits to boost private investment and expand the funding landscape for early childhood infrastructure. Read More

February 11, 2021  |  Posted in Research

LB531: Incentivizing child care quality, capacity through private investment

The Legislature’s Revenue Committee heard testimony this week on LB531: Adopt the Nebraska Child Care Tax Credit Act. Introduced by Senator Tom Briese, District 41, the legislation would offer financial incentives to taxpayers—including businesses and individuals—to bolster early childhood infrastructure through targeted contributions. 

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February 05, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

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