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New Website Offers Extensive Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Early childhood education providers across Nebraska can access quality early education resources through a new website from the Nebraska Early Childhood Exchange. Read More

July 09, 2015  |  Posted in General

The Power of High-Quality Early Childhood Education

In this short video of a TEDx talk at the University of North Carolina, researcher Kate Gallagher talks about the ground-breaking Abecedarian Project in which low-income children received quality early childhood education. Now, 35 years later, we continue to see how high-quality early care and education changed the life trajectories of the children who participated. Read More

June 25, 2015  |  Posted in Research

Early Childhood Highlights from Nebraska’s 2015 Legislative Session

Balancing a wide variety of public interests and with great bipartisan support, the Nebraska Legislature again recognized the critical importance of children’s early years prior to adjourning the 2015 legislative session on May 29.  Of preeminent importance to First Five Nebraska is public policy that recognizes the development of the brain in the early years literally shapes the learning capacity for the rest of a child’s life. Here's a summary of our highest priority bills from the 2015 legislative session. Read More

June 04, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

New Study: Children in Educare Schools Narrowed the Achievement Gap

High-quality early education is especially advantageous when children start younger and continue longer, says a new report from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Read More

April 02, 2015  |  Posted in Research

Common Ground is Key

Child care and education fall under the purview of two different systems in Nebraska, and each approaches early childhood from a unique standpoint. For the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees child care, the issue revolves around ensuring that children’s fundamental requirements for health and safety are met while in care. Nebraska’s education system, on the other hand, focuses on whether children begin kindergarten ready to learn and prepared to advance academically. The science of early childhood development tells us that these two aspects of child development shouldn’t be addressed as separate considerations. Early child care environments are, or ought to be, learning environments—just as the health and safety of young children are necessary for quality learning to occur. Read More

March 17, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

LB489 Provides New Option to Help Close Achievement Gap

LB489 allows child care providers to partner with school districts to receive Sixpence Early Learning Fund grants, making them critical partners in local efforts to close the achievement gap for Nebraska's youngest, most at-risk children. Read More

March 06, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

Quality, Accountability, Results: Hallmarks of Wise Investments in Early Childhood

In recent years, Nebraska has opened new opportunities for genuine investment in the development of children who stand to lose or gain the most from their earliest experiences. Among these, the Sixpence Early Learning Fund rises to the top as an investment opportunity that meets the most stringent criteria for quality, fiscal accountability and demonstrable results. Read More

February 20, 2015  |  Posted in General

High-Quality Early Learning is Requisite in Senate Bill Signed into Law

This week President Obama signed S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, into law. The bill, as described in a  previous blogpost, reauthorizes funds through fiscal year 2020 for child care investments, and includes high-quality early learning as a requisite component. Read More

November 20, 2014  |  Posted in Legislation

The School That Hope Built

Deliah Kearnes knew something remarkable had happened when her daughter recently told her what she wanted to do when she grew up. For months, Kearnes had watched anxiously as her child struggled to learn and develop a sense of belonging in a child care setting. When the new Educare Winnebago opened its doors earlier this year, however, that began to change. Read More

October 23, 2014  |  Posted in General

Researchers: Sixpence Program is Delivering Positive Results

The Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee is touring a Sixpence program in Broken Bow today to learn more about the innovative public-private partnership before holding a public hearing on its visioning process for a statewide strategic plan for education as mandated by LB1103. Read More

October 16, 2014  |  Posted in General Legislation
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