As the national COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, First Five Nebraska and a group of affiliated early childhood organizations have issued a letter asking state officials to consider policy action to mitigate the effects of the emergency on Nebraska’s early childhood system. The proposals address the health, safety and financial security of young children and working parents as well as child care professionals and businesses. The letter was sent to the CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the directors of the Nebraska Departments of Education and Labor, and the members of the State Legislature.
The letter represents the views of First Five Nebraska, as well as those of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Buffett Early Childhood Institute and the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative.
“Our state’s ability to weather and recover from the current public health emergency is contingent upon our ability to field skilled personnel in health care, public safety and other frontline roles,” said Jason Prokop, director of First Five Nebraska. “Reductions or closures in child care and other early childhood services mean that working parents in infrastructure-critical jobs face even greater challenges to fulfill their professional responsibilities. Now is the time to take decisive action to support the short- and long-term viability of our early childhood system.”
The letter’s policy recommendations include the following:
“These recommendations address critical family nutrition needs, protect the financial stability of early childhood professionals and businesses, and continue to provide child care for essential personnel who are leading the response during the COVID-19 emergency,” said Prokop. “We look forward to working directly with state leaders to put Nebraska on a better footing to respond to and recover from the current crisis.”
Thank you for fighting for us Early Childhood Providers/Educators. I am a Family Home 11 and the thought of having to close my doors for an indefinite amount of time would be devastating to my business and my family. Tough decisions would have to be made and my small community of 920 people would be out of daycare options when it is already extremely limited. So again, thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for making our voices heard.
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Thank you so much for supporting us. I know in my case if I close. My parents back up most are their retired parents or grandparents! I care a nurse, 2 social workers, grocery and 4 that make medical supplies?