Applied research builds the foundation for effective early childhood policies and initiatives.

Proactive Early Childhood Policy Through Research and Data Analysis

First Five Nebraska’s work is grounded in applied research to inform public policies that provide the best outcomes for Nebraska’s young children, families, businesses and communities. We partner with experts to research and analyze data around a variety of early childhood issues to understand needs across Nebraska. These include the economic impacts of early childhood programs, the cost of high-quality child care, equity and accessibility, supports for the early childhood workforce and more.

The Bottom Line

In 2020, First Five Nebraska and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research released The Bottom Line, a report that explored the economic impacts of inadequate child care access in Nebraska. Learn more

2021-22 Research Priorities

  • Analyzing the efficacy of the School Readiness Tax Credit for early childhood professionals.
  • Establishing the costs of high-quality child care in Nebraska.
  • Exploring the use of tax credits to bolster Nebraska’s early childhood infrastructure.

    Featured Publications

    Katie Bass joins FFN’s Policy staff

    Katie Bass joins FFN’s Policy staff

    We're happy to introduce Katie Bass as our new Data and Policy Research Advisor. Prior to joining First Five Nebraska, Katie worked to improve outcomes for Nebraska children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In her most recent role as research...

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