Barry Kennedy, President, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Member, Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable
"The most expensive thing in early childhood is poor quality care with no return on investment." — Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, addressing Nebraska legislators, business leaders and school administrators. (Photo: Tom Kates)
Governor Ricketts' new Nebraska Education and Workforce Roundtable convened this year to collaboratively identify issues and solutions impacting students' transitions from early childhood to workforce pipeline. We support his efforts with this initiative and will continue to be a resource on early childhood in Nebraska.
Children in 172 Nebraska child care programs are benefiting from their providers' participation in our state's quality improvement and rating system. More children now will enter kindergarten ready to learn, and that's good news for children, parents, providers and taxpayers.
Nebraska U.S. Senator
"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
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Cynthia Ellis