Legislators to conduct hearing on background check process

Child care providers have until noon CT on October 10 to submit comments online about how background check problems affect their programs and the families they serve.

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FFNs Data and Policy Research Advisor Katie Bass spoke with Concordia University, Nebraska early childhood students today about critical policy issues facing #Nebraskas current and future #EarlyChildhood educators.

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FFNs Mike Feeken and Communities for Kids Rachel Sissel were guests on the Growing Small Town Nebraska Podcast, offering insight into the #childcare crisis and how some #Nebraska communities are addressing it. Worth a listen!   

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Mike and Rachel were great! We appreciated them sharing about the child care issue and solutions on the podcast.