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"New industries consider locating in states that show a commitment to children in their early years."

Barry Kennedy, Former President, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Member, Dividends Nebraska 

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A capable workforce is built on executive function

From computers to construction, finance to farming, early executive function development supports the skill base Nebraska employers need in every aspect of business and industry.

U.S. Census Data: 39% of Nebraska Children
Ages 0-5 Are At Risk

See locations of children at risk by:

County  Legislative District

Congressional District

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Targeted Early Investments Can Have Significant Impact

"The most meaningful, far-reaching efforts occurred with intensive, carefully designed, well-implemented programs that target infants and toddlers and include a strong focus on parents." -- American Enterprise Institute

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The 105th Nebraska Legislature Adjourned Sine Die

Read our session-end report on bills affecting early childhood.

Visit our website's Nebraska Legislation page.

 “I believe we can achieve meaningful change that will allow both employees and businesses to grow our economy. We owe it to the American people to discover shared solutions that can lead to stronger families and communities.”

Deb Fischer
Nebraska U.S. Senator

An investment in high-quality childhood education not only levels the playing field for our at-risk children, it yields more stable communities, a more qualified workforce, reduced crime rate and greater social cohesion long term. 

Senator John Stinner
Legislative District 48

"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. Cynthia Ellis
Omaha Pediatrician