Policy Leadership Academy develops citizen advocates

The PLA is our state’s premier, non-partisan leadership development program that empowers citizens to become involved in the policymaking process at all levels to create a strong future for young children and all Nebraskans.

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.

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FFN focuses on improving systems and processes to help track and reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.

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

Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy participants engage in trainings on driving early childhood change at the local level.

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Celebrate We Care for Kids Week with us!

Celebrate We Care for Kids Week with us!

September 26 through October 2 is We Care for Kids Week, a statewide celebration to raise awareness for quality early childhood education and build support for early childhood educators. It’s an opportunity to inform, motivate and engage Nebraskans across the state....

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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

The 6th annual UNK-Community Early Childhood Conference will take place at the UNK Student Union on October 21 & 22, 2022.

7 in-service hours available Friday
5 in-service hours available Saturday

To see an agenda for the conference and to get registered, visit www.unk.edu/ec-conference/
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Nebraska's We Care for Kids Week is almost here! In this blog post, learn more about the campaign and upcoming weeklong celebration and how you can participate and access materials in English and Spanish. #WeCareForKids #EarlyChildhood #ChildCare
www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/celebrate-we-care-for-kids-week/#WeCareForKids
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Nebraskas We Care for Kids Week is almost here! In this blog post, learn more about the campaign and upcoming weeklong celebration and how you can participate and access materials in English and Spanish. #WeCareForKids #EarlyChildhood #ChildCare 
https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/celebrate-we-care-for-kids-week/#WeCareForKids

FFN's Grassroots and Outreach Advisor Jodi-Renee Giron led a session on early childhood advocacy at #ThrivingChildren2022. We want to thank panelists State Senator John Cavanaugh for his insight and best practices for reaching out to public officials; Policy Leadership Academy graduates Katie Walmsley, who shared her experiences as an economic development professional; and Aiesha Rahn, who talked about working with nonprofits and with communities in Omaha. #Nebraska #ECLeaders #EarlyChildhood ... See MoreSee Less

FFNs Grassroots and Outreach Advisor Jodi-Renee Giron led a session on early childhood advocacy at #ThrivingChildren2022. We want to thank panelists State Senator John Cavanaugh for his insight and best practices for reaching out to public officials; Policy Leadership Academy graduates Katie Walmsley, who shared her experiences as an economic development professional; and Aiesha Rahn, who talked about working with nonprofits and with communities in Omaha. #Nebraska #ECLeaders #EarlyChildhoodImage attachment

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Awesome team!

Woo hoo! Go, Katie! Thanks, First Five Nebraska, for all that you do!

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Really wish this was available on the weekends so my center staff could attend

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