Innovative Collaboration to Reach More Nebraska Children At Risk

Only about 7 percent of Nebraska's at-risk children from birth to age 3 benefit from early childhood programs that meet verified high-quality standards.

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Nebraska's 104 Legislature in Session

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Early Education Opens Doors

"Education opens doors for all who partake. Those doors open even wider if positive educational experiences begin in early childhood...  Our efforts in early childhood education mean better health, learning and economic outcomes, particularly for our most vulnerable young children - and that means success for our entire state."

Senator Kate Sullivan
Legislative District 41

New Nebraska Report

From Child Trends' The Youngest Nebraskans: A Statistical Look at Infants and Toddlers in Nebraska:

  • Children in high-quality early childhood programs like Sixpence and Educare show gains in cognitive and character skills

  • Only a fraction of Nebraska's at-risk children are in high-quality programs

"Access to quality early education programs from Omaha to Scottsbluff can help close Nebraska's achievement gap by placing at-risk children on a more level playing field when they enter kindergarten."

Senator Heath Mello
Legislative District 5

"New industries consider locating in states who show a commitment to children in their early years. They understand it's an indicator of stability in a community and a quality workforce."

Barry Kennedy
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry

"Almost daily, a Chamber member expresses concern about their current or future workforce needs. We need to maximize the skills of every child in Nebraska to build a sufficient, skilled talent pool for the future."

K.C. Belitz
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

"We know that early, enriched environments maximize the interaction between biology and experience, and positively influence a child's developmental trajectory with lifelong consequences for health and well-being."

Dr. Cynthis Ellis
Omaha Pediatrician