"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)
Nebraska faces a shortage of high-quality early childhood educators to meet the needs of our youngest children at risk of failing in school. LB773 will create a task force to assess the current early childhood workforce and make recommendations for the future.
Children in about 242 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.
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Cynthis Ellis
"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