First Five Nebraska publishes policy and issue briefs, original research and other resources to keep you informed and up to date on a variety of early childhood topics.


  • June 2023: Highlights of the 2023 Nebraska legislative session, including improving maternal mental health, alleviating financial pressures on parents and child care providers and strengthening availability of access to child care; expanding Medicaid postpartum coverage;  2023 interim studies we’re working on with senators; Nebraska’s delegate takes part in Strolling Thunder on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; FFN’s Katie Bass selected for the upcoming Leadership Nebraska class. 
  • May 2023: FFN is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Policy Leadership Academy through June 30; legislation that includes tax credits for child care workers and programs, households with children in child care and entities that contribute to growing child care in the state passes in the Nebraska Legislature; FFN leads impact study on LB485 which expanded the income eligibility requirement for the child care subsidy program; FFN hosts Dr. Jack Shonkoff, founding director of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, in Nebraska.
  • April 2023: Child care-focused tax credit package advances in the Nebraska Legislature, State Senator Eliot Bostar authors Lincoln Journal-Star op-ed: “A Crisis in Child Care”; Policy Leadership Academy graduates sharpened their strategic advocacy skills, learned how to leverage local movements to help drive early childhood policy change; The ‘Iron Triangle’: Why child care programs struggle to break even; thank you former State Senator John Stinner.