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Tips for Reading with Toddlers

It's no secret that children benefit greatly when adults read to them. The positive interaction builds neural connections in their developing brains, reinforces basic speech skills and boosts self-esteem by making them feel secure and cared for. We invite you to celebrate International Children’s Book Day next Wednesday, April 2, by finding a good book and reading to the special kiddos in your life! Read More

March 27, 2014  |  Posted in General

High-Quality Early Childhood Education Matters: Nebraskans Know It, Now Congress Acknowledges It Too

When kids get to be kids—explore their environment, interact with their parents and caregivers, and learn through play—they flourish with curiosity and happiness. Like the little boy in the picture who is peeking for ducks, flowers and maybe even a frog as he explores the National Garden at the U.S. Capitol, children enjoy and grow in environments that are safe and full of enriching educational opportunities. Read More

March 23, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

Proposed Budget Provides $3.7 Million to Help Nebraska’s 62,287 Children At Risk

The Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee included an additional $3.7 million in funding for schools in its mid-biennium budget released today. The allocation is to provide early childhood opportunities that close the achievement gap for children at risk of failing in school. Read More

March 07, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

First Five Nebraska Priority Bills Focus on Giving Children a Great Start

It is in Nebraska’s best interest to ensure that our children enter kindergarten with the experience they need to become successful students. A child’s first five years are critically important for healthy brain and social/emotional development, and First Five Nebraska is committed to supporting legislation that helps children get the start they need to grow into confident, capable, productive citizens. Read More

January 29, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

Play It Forward

Families that play together build strong relationships. Whether it's reading together, playing board games during cold, blustery days or playing outside in the summer, interacting with young children helps build the strong neural foundation and social-emotional skills they'll need to succeed in school and later in life. Read More

January 08, 2014  |  Posted in General

Science and Data Drive Our Work

Science and data drive our work. A child’s ability to learn is built upon a neurological foundation that begins before birth and is largely in place by age 5. The quality of a child’s earliest experiences, interactions and relationships physically shape the neural architecture of the developing brain during those first five years. Read More

January 02, 2014  |  Posted in General
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