108th Nebraska Legislature now in session

New early childhood legislation impacts families, workforce, business engagement, child care licensing and subsidy

 

Early Childhood Policy

We help government officials make informed, strategic decisions.

Strategic Engagement

We bring more people into the early childhood conversation.

Research & Analysis

We illuminate the issues with credible information and insight.

Successful Children. Strong Families.
Prosperous Communities.

We work to ensure that more of Nebraska’s youngest, most vulnerable children begin life with the kinds of developmental experiences that set them on a path to becoming successful students and productive citizens.

Current Initiatives

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Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in Nebraska: We worked with State Senator Lynne Walz to pass LB905, which recommends perinatal maternal depression screening.

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy members build skills to drive early childhood change at the local level.

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Investing ARPA funds in Nebraska's early childhood workforce is key to increasing access to quality care and learning programs.

Stay Current

Employers

About 80% of Nebraska counties lack sufficient child care to meet local workforce needs. Find out what business leaders can do to help address this urgent challenge.

Early Childhood Professionals

Child care providers play a crucial role on the front line of Nebraska’s economic recovery efforts. Learn how you can advocate for the importance of your program with decision-makers in your community.

Policymakers

We can make our public early childhood systems work together more effectively and efficiently—but only if policymakers are actively involved. Discover how state and local officials can make more informed decisions about our investments in our youngest Nebraskans.

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First Five Nebraska

FFN policy staff was honored to attend the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry's annual Business Hall of Fame banquet in Lincoln yesterday evening, and thrilled to hear Jane Miller, former Gallup president/COO and 2023 Hall of Fame inductee, comment on the importance of business leadership in addressing the #childcare needs of workers. #Nebraska #EarlyChildhood ... See MoreSee Less

FFN policy staff was honored to attend the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industrys annual Business Hall of Fame banquet in Lincoln yesterday evening, and thrilled to hear Jane Miller, former Gallup president/COO and 2023 Hall of Fame inductee, comment on the importance of business leadership in addressing the #childcare needs of workers. #Nebraska #EarlyChildhood

“What does the average #Nebraska family pay for #childcare?” FFN partnered with the Committee for Economic Development to create a calculator that helps policymakers understand childcare costs and what they mean for families. The calculator utilizes Nebraska county and state data for housing and other monthly expenses and allows customization by users. It also shows whether a family's income qualifies them for subsidized childcare. #NEleg #EarlyChildhood
www.firstfivenebraska.org/get-involved/policymakers/child-care-affordability-calculator/
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“What does the average #Nebraska family pay for #childcare?” FFN partnered with the Committee for Economic Development to create a calculator that helps policymakers understand childcare costs and what they mean for families. The calculator utilizes Nebraska county and state data for housing and other monthly expenses and allows customization by users. It also shows whether a familys income qualifies them for subsidized childcare. #NEleg #EarlyChildhood
https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/get-involved/policymakers/child-care-affordability-calculator/

FFN submitted a letter of support to the #neleg Revenue Committee in support of #LB58, which would provide a sales tax exemption for diapers. FFN is acutely aware of the struggles young families face as they work to provide shelter, food and clothing for their children, and LB58 will reduce the cost of a necessary commodity for many parents. Thank you State Senator John Cavanaugh for introducing LB58. Read FFN's testimony: www.firstfivenebraska.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/LB58-First-Five-Nebraska-letter-of-support.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

FFN submitted a letter of support to the #NEleg Revenue Committee in support of #LB58, which would provide a sales tax exemption for diapers. FFN is acutely aware of the struggles young families face as they work to provide shelter, food and clothing for their children, and LB58 will reduce the cost of a necessary commodity for many parents. Thank you State Senator John Cavanaugh for introducing LB58. Read FFNs testimony:  https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/LB58-First-Five-Nebraska-letter-of-support.pdf