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Senator Kate Sullivan
Legislative District 41
"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)
LB489 and LB547 will work together to strengthen efforts to help parents of our youngest, most at-risk children provide nurturing early experiences to reduce the achievement gap and foster character traits needed to be successful in school.
Children in approximately 100 Nebraska child care programs are benefiting from their providers' participation in Step Up to Quality, our state's quality improvement and rating system aimed at helping ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn. That's good news for children, parents, providers and taxpayers.
"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
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Cynthis Ellis