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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.

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.

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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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Save the Date! Registration is open now.Big news—the Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference is back in-person this year! Register now and join us Sept. 19 in Kearney, Neb.: ow.ly/jE2s50JGbZK

At #ThrivingChildren2022, leaders in fields like early education, business, economic development, government, and more will connect over the importance of early childhood education to prepare kids for success and keep communities strong and vibrant.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Dana Suskind, a professor of pediatrics and New York Times best-selling author, and Barry Ford, president and CEO of Council for a Strong America.

Sponsors include:
First Five Nebraska
Northeast Nebraska 'Growing Together'
Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties
Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children
Nebraska Association of School Boards
Nebraska Business Development Center
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Council of School Administrators
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Nebraska Early Learning Connection (Northern Partnership)
Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council
Nebraska Extension
Nebraska Hospital Association
Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association
Panhandle Partnership
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Buffett Early Childhood Institute
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Save the Date! Registration is open now.

Spotted Jodi-Renee Giron, FFN's Grassroots and Outreach Advisor, in the middle of a Tuesday Talk with the current Leadership Nebraska class last week. Their topic was Using Your Voice and she was sharing information about FFN's Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy, which is accepting applications for the next cohort until July 22. Learn more: www.firstfivenebraska.org/what-we-do/policy-leadership-academy/
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Spotted Jodi-Renee Giron, FFNs Grassroots and Outreach Advisor, in the middle of a Tuesday Talk with the current Leadership Nebraska class last week. Their topic was Using Your Voice and she was sharing information about FFNs Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy, which is accepting applications for the next cohort until July 22. Learn more: https://www.firstfivenebraska.org/what-we-do/policy-leadership-academy/
#ecleaders #Nebraska Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. Counselors at a new maternal health hotline provide free, confidential emotional support, encouragement, information and referrals 24/7 to any pregnant/postpartum mothers and their loved ones. The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish. Call or text 833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors. #PN3 #MaternalHealth mchb.hrsa.gov/national-maternal-mental-health-hotline ... See MoreSee Less

Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. Counselors at a new maternal health hotline provide free, confidential emotional support, encouragement, information and referrals 24/7 to any pregnant/postpartum mothers and their loved ones. The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish. Call or text 833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors. #PN3 #MaternalHealth https://mchb.hrsa.gov/national-maternal-mental-health-hotline