The Skills Problem
Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman's presentation to the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry on why public and private investments in children's earliest skill formation are they key to our state's -- and nation's -- social and economic growth.
Annually, Nebraska spends about $94
million on subsidized child care for our
state's most vulnerable children.
Shouldn't we expect quality and
accountability from the services
our public dollars purchase?
Read our eye opening issue brief on child care in Nebraska.
"The most expensive thing in early childhood is [a] poor quality [program] with no return on investment."
Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director - Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University [Presentations to Nebraska legislators, business leaders, and school administrators - January 15, 2013]
In Nebraska, the 11 counties that
account for 64% of all at-risk children
between the ages of 0 and 5 also
account for 70% of the state's total
high school dropouts.
59,825 out of a total 152,016
Nebraska children between the
ages of 0 and 5 face risk factors
that threaten their success in school
"Many of us in law enforcement believe it is much easier to teach a child than turn around a broken adult."
Lincoln law enforcement officials' visit to Cedars Northbridge Early Childhood Center spotlights role of early education in reducing crime.
"New industries consider locating in states who show a commitment to children in their early years. They understand it's an indicator of stability in a community and a quality workforce."
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
"If a child starts Kindergarten behind, they will most likely stay behind for the rest of the time they're in school. Nationally, almost 50% of kindergarteners start school behind."
Principal, Indian Hill Elementary
Neuroscientific evidence indicates that a child’s experiences, environments and relationships in the first five years have a profound impact on the development of healthy brain architecture.
We can grow Nebraska’s economy, strengthen our workforce and offset the rising costs of school failure, dropouts, criminal justice and public assistance by investing in our state’s youngest citizens.
Parents, business leaders and policy makers are working to put more of Nebraska’s youngest children on the road to lifelong success. Learn how to get involved in what’s happening in your community and legislature.