Statewide initiative focuses on our youngest children

Nebraska’s Prenatal-to-Age 3 plan will make high-quality programs and services more accessible to pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

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

Applications are now open for the 2021 School Readiness Tax Credit. Find out more and how to apply.

FFN works with partners statewide to build policies to ensure more Nebraska families have the supports they need.

Class 3 of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy kicks off Sept. 14-15.

First Five Nebraska and Communities for Kids are gearing up for the next chapter in the My Nebraska Story campaign

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Employers

Over 90% 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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Timeline photosCreate a plan for your high-quality early childhood program with the Blueprint for Success! Learn how to develop a business plan, design your classroom, how to market and enroll, and so much more! Download the free guide 👉 nebraskaearly.org/blueprint-for-success/ ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Keith County Communities for Kids! We met some great people there who so eloquently talked about what availability of #quality #childcare means for communities! #Nebraska ... See MoreSee Less

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FFN's Mike Feeken spoke in #Burwell as part of Sandhills First Steps' event on expanding #childcare and supporting providers in their area. He encouraged audience members to think about what sets their community apart from other communities when looking to recruit new families and retain residents. Can having affordable, accessible and available #quality childcare in your community be the difference-maker when people are deciding on where to live and work? He also discussed the economic impact inadequate childcare has in #Nebraska. #EconomicDevelopment #EarlyChildhood ... See MoreSee Less

FFNs Mike Feeken spoke in #Burwell as part of Sandhills First Steps event on expanding #childcare and supporting providers in their area. He encouraged audience members to think about what sets their community apart from other communities when looking to recruit new families and retain residents. Can having affordable, accessible and available #quality childcare in your community be the difference-maker when people are deciding on where to live and work? He also discussed the economic impact inadequate childcare has in #Nebraska. #EconomicDevelopment #EarlyChildhood