An active legislative session for early childhood

 

The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die April 20. Several early childhood bills were passed into law, including legislation on maternal depression screenings, $4 million to expand child care programs and changes to abuse and neglect reporting.

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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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.

Stay Current

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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Our hearts are with the children, parents and all those affected in Uvalde, Texas.Our thoughts are with our friends in Texas. You are not alone. ♥️

For caregivers, it can be hard to help little ones understand and cope with the effects of violence, but limiting media exposure and making space for them to express big feelings are good places to start.

Click here for resources to support families affected by violence: m.sesame.org/GunViolence
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Our hearts are with the children, parents and all those affected in Uvalde, Texas.

FFN is proud to partner with the Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR) on the Policy Fellows Program, a series of conversations between our Policy team and NAECR researchers. Through the program, we're creating meaningful connections between the two communities to improve the lives of young Nebraskans. Applications for the third Policy Fellows cohort close May 31. Learn more and apply: naecr.unl.edu/policy-fellows/
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FFN is proud to partner with the Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR) on the Policy Fellows Program, a series of conversations between our Policy team and NAECR researchers. Through the program, were creating meaningful connections between the two communities to improve the lives of young Nebraskans. Applications for the third Policy Fellows cohort close May 31. Learn more and apply: https://naecr.unl.edu/policy-fellows/
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TODAY, MAY 20, is the last day to register for #Elevate22, Nebraska's no-cost business summit for early childhood. #Nebraska needs early care and education professionals to thrive as skilled educators and as successful business owners. Read more: www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/elevate22-childcare-business-summit/
#EarlyChildhoodWorkforceONE DAY left to register for #Elevate22! Get to know the lineup of incredible speakers on the blog 👉 👉 bit.ly/3FZceCB Wonderschool First Children's Finance Alliance For Early Success Pie for Providers Here
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TODAY, MAY 20, is the last day to register for #Elevate22, Nebraskas no-cost business summit for early childhood. #Nebraska needs early care and education professionals to thrive as skilled educators and as successful business owners. Read more: https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/blog/elevate22-childcare-business-summit/
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