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FFN's Strategic Partnerships Advisor Mike Feeken spoke todayNebraska Investment Finance Authorityority's conference on affordable housing and community development that draws builders, developers, government officials, mental health practitioners, mortgage lenders and others.

Feeken served on a panel that delved into the important role early childhood care and education plays in community health and growth. Panelists shared perspectives and intersections with housing in their areas of expertise in community health, civic engagement, brain development, the child care industry and identifying regulatory barriers or innovative examples for #childcare#childcare with housing initiatives.

Joining Feeken on the panel were LorCommunity Health Endowment of Lincolnof Lincoln; Suzanne SLincoln Littlesln Littles; Jill BCentral Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc.ship, Inc.; and AleNebraska Children and Families FoundationFo#Nebraska #NIFAaska #NIFA
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FFNs Strategic Partnerships Advisor Mike Feeken spoke today at 
Nebraska Investment Finance Authoritys conference on affordable housing and community development that draws builders, developers, government officials, mental health practitioners, mortgage lenders and others. 
Feeken served on a panel that delved into the important role early childhood care and education plays in community health and growth. Panelists shared perspectives and intersections with housing in their areas of expertise in community health, civic engagement, brain development, the child care industry and identifying regulatory barriers or innovative examples for including #childcare with housing initiatives.   
Joining Feeken on the panel were Lori Seibel, Community Health Endowment of Lincoln; Suzanne Schneider, Lincoln Littles; Jill Bomberger, Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc.; and Alex Labenz, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. #Nebraska #NIFAImage attachment

We're thrilled to introduce the graduates of the 2023-24 Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy! These professionals from across the state came together six months ago to begin the work of mastering the principles and practice of effective early childhood advocacy. They represent early childhood, K-12 and higher education; public health; economic and community development; municipal administration and more. They now join the statewide network of PLA graduates building momentum for early childhood issues through coordinated, strategic policy work at the local level. Read more: bit.ly/49C#Nebraskar#earlychildhoodd#necplaE#necleadersaders ... See MoreSee Less

Were thrilled to introduce the graduates of the 2023-24 Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy! These professionals from across the state came together six months ago to begin the work of mastering the principles and practice of effective early childhood advocacy. They represent early childhood, K-12 and higher education; public health; economic and community development; municipal administration and more. They now join the statewide network of PLA graduates building momentum for early childhood issues through coordinated, strategic policy work at the local level. Read more: https://bit.ly/49CqO00 #Nebraska #EarlyChildhood #NECPLA #NECLeaders

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Thank you to the Lincoln Children's Museumuseum for inviting FFN to Providers Night last week. It was a great opportunity to get to know more early childhood educators, learn about their work and share informatio#childcaredcare-related bills in#Nebraskaraska Legislat#NElegN#EarlyChildhoodWorkforceforce ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to the Lincoln Childrens Museum for inviting FFN to Providers Night last week. It was a great opportunity to get to know more early childhood educators, learn about their work and share information on #childcare-related bills in the #Nebraska Legislature. #NEleg #EarlyChildhoodWorkforce

The shortage of #childcare across #Nebraska, in both urban and rural areas, is well-known. Louise Stoney, #ECE finance & policy expert and co-founder of Opportunities Exchange, introduces a new childcare model that other states are exploring. It involves micro-centers, which are small centers linked by a back-end hub that provides administrative services like enrollment, billing, licensing and more. Micro-center teachers are typically employed by the hub with employee benefits, internal career ladder and other professional supports. Micro-centers may be located in schools, hospitals, office buildings, community centers, shopping malls or any location with space that can be outfitted as a childcare classroom. Read our blogpost: www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/micro-centers-could-build-child-care-supply/ ... See MoreSee Less

The shortage of #childcare across #Nebraska, in both urban and rural areas, is well-known. Louise Stoney, #ECE finance & policy expert and co-founder of Opportunities Exchange, introduces a new childcare model that other states are exploring. It involves micro-centers, which are small centers linked by a back-end hub that provides administrative services like enrollment, billing, licensing and more. Micro-center teachers are typically employed by the hub with employee benefits, internal career ladder and other professional supports. Micro-centers may be located in schools, hospitals, office buildings, community centers, shopping malls or any location with space that can be outfitted as a childcare classroom. Read our blogpost: https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/micro-centers-could-build-child-care-supply/

Many thanks to the hardworking #Nebraska senators who passed three #childcare bills on Final Reading today! These bills now go to the desk of Governor Jim Pillen for signing, or will pass into law by default by the middle of next week.

#lb164 (inc. #lb1416) lays the foundations for two new grant programs to strengthen child care programs and workforce.

#LB856 removes regulatory barriers preventing some child care employees from accessing the subsidy for their own child care needs.

#lb904 (inc. #lb1178) expands options for setting subsidy reimbursement rates and creates the Intergenerational Care Facility Incentive Grant Program.

#NEleg #Nebraska Senator Eliot Bostar Senator Wendy DeBoer State Senator Anna Wishart Senator Terrell McKinney
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Many thanks to the hardworking #Nebraska senators who passed three #childcare bills on Final Reading today! These bills now go to the desk of Governor Jim Pillen for signing, or will pass into law by default by the middle of next week.
• #lb164 (inc. #lb1416) lays the foundations for two new grant programs to strengthen child care programs and workforce.
• #LB856 removes regulatory barriers preventing some child care employees from accessing the subsidy for their own child care needs.
• #lb904 (inc. #lb1178) expands options for setting subsidy reimbursement rates and creates the Intergenerational Care Facility Incentive Grant Program. 
#NEleg #Nebraska Senator Eliot Bostar Senator Wendy DeBoer State Senator Anna Wishart Senator Terrell McKinney

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State Senator Eliot Bostar

Black mothers are two to four times more likely to die from childbirth than white mothers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. They also are twice as likely to experience severe maternal morbidity, which is "the unexpected outcome of labor and delivery that results in significant short- or long-term consequences to the mother's health." This is largely due to existing health disparities, including chronic illness and access to health care. #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MaternalEquity #BMHW24 ... See MoreSee Less

Black mothers are two to four times more likely to die from childbirth than white mothers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. They also are twice as likely to experience severe maternal morbidity, which is the unexpected outcome of labor and delivery that results in significant short- or long-term consequences to the mothers health. This is largely due to existing health disparities, including chronic illness and access to health care. #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MaternalEquity #BMHW24