Tell state senators how breakdowns in background checks hurt child care

by | Sep 29, 2023

Alert: Submit an online comment to the Nebraska Legislature by noon Central Time on October 10, 2023

The Nebraska Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing October 11 on interim study LR191, introduced by State Senator Teresa Ibach to examine the state’s fingerprinting/background check process for the child care workforce.

First Five Nebraska urges child care providers and parents to submit their comments online through the LB191 web page on the Nebraska Legislature’s website. This is an important opportunity to educate policymakers on why Nebraska’s current system for processing background checks increases the difficulty of staffing and operating successful programs—and how that reduces child care options for families statewide.

In-person testimony at the hearing is only by invitation of the Health and Human Services Committee. Submit an online comment by noon CT on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, and make your voice heard.

On the Legislature’s LR191 web page:

  • Click the “Submit Comments Online for LR191” button.
  • Fill in the “Submit Written Comment” form. Click “Yes” to include your comment in the hearing record.
  • Submissions will be routed to the HHS Committee, but you also can direct your comments to your district senator. To identify your elected representative, use the “Find Your District” button on the form.
  • Your comment is limited to 500 words. Be sure to make your remarks clear and to the point.
Submit your comment

Learn more about child care background checks in Nebraska

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