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FREMONT TRIBUNE, AUGUST 10, 2013

Our children need our help to overcome poverty obstacles

Citing evidence of rising poverty among local schoolchildren, the editors of the Fremont Tribune are pointing to the important role of the community in breaking the cycle by increasing opportunities for early childhood learning and development.  The article references… Read More

OMAHA WORLD HERALD | FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013

World Herald Editorial:  Stage set for early childhood progress

Today's editorial in the Omaha World Herald takes a look at the rapid progress Nebraska is making in cultivating its youngest children for success.  The article takes note of the bipartisna support that early childhood policies have garnered in the State Legislature,… Read More

OMAHA WORLD HERALD | MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013 | BY JULIE ANDERSON

Buffett Early Childhood Institute has hired national expert as its director

Nebraska continues to shine out as a national leader in promoting early childhood development with the appointment of Dr. Samuel Meisels as founding director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska.  Meisels, whose appointment formally began on… Read More

Omaha World Herald OP ED JUNE 11, 2013

Emphasis on Early Childhood is Welcome

OMAHA WORLD HERALD OP ED | JUNE 11, 2013

by Jim Krieger, Gallup

Gallup CFO and chair of Nebraska's Early Childhood Business Rountable draws attention to the State Legislature's focus on early childhood issues as a great… Read More

Lincoln Journal Star May 25, 2013

Letter, 5/26: Legislators to be commended

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR LETTER, 5/26: LEGISLATORS TO BE COMMENDED | MAY 25, 2013 

by Becky Veak, First Five Nebraska

Major Gen. Mark Musick raises good points in his May 15 Local View column "Early education aids national security."… Read More

Lincoln Journal Star May 14, 2013

Local View: Early education aids national security

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR  LOCAL VIEW: EARLY EDUCATION AIDS NATIONAL SECURITY | MAY 14, 2013

by Major General Mark R. Musick

Since our state’s founding in 1867, generations of patriotic Nebraskans have proudly supported our national and state needs… Read More

Omaha World Herald, Tuesday May 1, 2013 by Martha Stoddard

5 Steps to Better Child Care

OMAHA WORLD HERALD | MAY 1, 2013 | by Martha Stoddard

Nebraska lawmakers are looking to institute a five-step quality rating system for child care programs.

The proposed system would give parents a way to compare their… Read More

Omaha World Herald -- Wednesday, April 10, 2013 http://www.omaha.com/article/20130410/NEWS/704109901/1707

Learning Community plan finds support in Legislature, even among foes

By Paul Hammel

LINCOLN — Even some Sarpy County opponents of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties spoke highly Tuesday of a compromise bill that would refocus the controversial 11 school district entity.

Legislative Bill… Read More

FIRST FIVE NEBRASKA PRESS RELEASE April 10, 2013

Press Release:  Educare of Lincoln Grand Opening Features NE Gov., University Officials, Philanthopy

April 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Educare of Lincoln Grand Opening to Feature Governor, University Officials, Philanthropy
4 p.m. Friday, April 12


The grand opening and community tours of the new Educare of… Read More

NET TV, March 25, 2013

The Skills Problem: Professor James Heckman’s Presentation to the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce

On February 7, 2013, Nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman met with leading members of Nebraska's business community and the State Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss why investments in children's earliest skill formation are crucial to the social… Read More

February 27, 2013 Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board

Editorial:  Early Childhood Education Pays Off

Can early childhood provide a platform for bi-partisan agreement in our nation's current political environment?

"President Barack Obama used arguments that typically appeal to Republicans when he pushed for expansion of government-funded preschool programs earlier this month.

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By Joe Dejka Omaha World Herald Monday, February 18, 2013

Nebraskans Weigh Cost of Obama’s Preschool Plan

Advocates point to mounting evidence that quality preschools level the playing field between poor and affluent kids, produce a better-educated workforce and reduce the need for government spending on remedial and special education, welfare and jails.

“I think… Read More

Lincoln Journal Star -- January 15, 2013 Margaret Reist

Early childhood expert says science shows impact of early experiences on brain development

BY MARGARET REIST   LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR -- JANUARY 15, 2013
 

Turns out, grandma knew what she was talking about.

Grandma has always known how important a nurturing environment is to a child’s development. Now science… Read More

University of Nebraska News Release, 10/19/12 Lincoln Journal Star, 10/19/12

Dr. Samuel Meisels announced as executive director of NU’s Buffett Early Childhood Institute

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced today the appointment of Dr. Samuel Meisels as the founding executive director of the University's Buffett Early Childhood Institute.  Meisels, a nationally recognized authority on early childhood development, brings a wealth… Read More

McCook County Daily Gazette - September 10, 2012 http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1892323.html

Nebraska progress report launches Forging Nebraska’s Future Initiative

The Forging Nebraska's Future Initiative, sponsored by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce with support from the Nebraska Press Association, the Peter Kiewit Foundation and numerous other partners, is now soliciting insights from state citizens on what Nebraska needs to… Read More

KLKN TV, September 6, 2012

Lincoln Law Enforcement Officers Promote Study Focusing on Early Childhood Education

Law enforcement officials visited the Cedars Northbridge Early Childhood Center in Lincoln yesterday to promote awareness of the importance of positive, healthy early development in children's life outcomes, especially their likelihood to enter the criminal justice system as juveniles… Read More

Lincoln Journal Star - July 20, 2012 By JoAnn Young

Group: Early childhood education is good business sense

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR - JULY 20, 2012

[Read the article online]

Stepping up the education of children in their first five years of life just makes good business sense, a representative of statewide… Read More

KLKNtv.com, Kearneyhub.com

Nebraska Legislators Stay Strong in Support of Prenatal Care

First Five Nebraska congratulates our senators who stayed strong in support of ensuring that more children born in Nebraska begin life with the benefit of adequate prenatal care.

Emotions Run High on Prenatal Override [Kearney Hub,… Read More

Omaha World Herald, NTV-ABC, 10 11 News

LB599 Gathers Attention Across the State and Nation

Nebraska's senators and citizens are mobilizing in support of restoring critical prenatal care for low-income mothers and children in response to Governor Heineman's opposition to LB599.

Write a letter to legislators thanking them for supporting prenatal care… Read More

USA Today, Tuesday, March 26

Despite More College Grads, U.S. Workforce Needs More

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-26/college-degrees-adults/53793160/1

The number of adult Americans who have earned college degrees has been increasing, but not fast enough to keep up with workforce demands, according to a report released Monday.

At the current rate, employers… Read More

ABC NEWS: PUBLISHED DECEMBER 19, 2011

Study: Significant Number of Young Americans Get Arrested

ABC NEWS:  PUBLISHED DECEMBER 19, 2011  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/arrests-increasing-us-youth/story?id=15180222#.TwW9XCMzIrs

BY CARRIE GANN, ABC NEWS MEDICAL UNIT

By age 23, up to 41 percent of American adolescents and young adults have been arrested at least once for something… Read More

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR: PUBLISHED MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011

Editorial 10/11:  Big Step for Early Childhood Education

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR:  PUBLISHED MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011

Planned construction of a $10 million Educare center in Belmont puts Lincoln at the forefront of the growing national movement for early childhood education.

The benefit to the community… Read More

EL PERICO, OMAHA: PUBLISHED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011

Early Childhood is Crucial

EL PERICO, OMAHA:  PUBLISHED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011

BY MARINA ROSADO

Take Action Now!

Did you know that newborn boy or girl of six months already recognizes objects? Or that at 18 months he or she… Read More

KETV CH 7

Raising Successful Children

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. | KETV CH 7

http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/KETV-airs-special-on-raising-successful-children/-/9674510/11773726/-/cay08u/-/index.html

A special 30 minute presentation hosted by KETV's Julie Cornell on the role education plays in helping children grow and thrive in school and… Read More

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR - MARCH 7, 2013 JOANNE YOUNG

Growing number ask for higher spending in early childhood education

Brain science and the importance of preschool learning took center stage Monday as supporters of early childhood education appeared before the Legislature's Appropriations Committee.

Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff and others who supported his bill (LB190)… Read More

OMAHA WORLD HERALD - MARCH 7, 2013 MARTHA STODDARD

Backers of early childhood education see payoffs

LINCOLN — A top Gallup executive made a business case Monday for boosting state funding of early childhood education by $20 million over two years.

Jim Krieger, a company vice president, spoke on behalf of the… Read More