Barry Kennedy, President, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Member, Dividends Nebraska
"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)
Children's ability to identify numbers and letters along with possessing a working vocabulary often are used as benchmarks to assess school readiness, but they don't tell the whole story.
Children in 279 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
Senator John Stinner
Legislative District 48
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Cynthia Ellis