"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)
Download a printable version of our report summarizing bills of greatest importance to early childhood learning and development from the recently concluded Nebraska legislative session. A comprehensive list of more than 200 bills we identified as potentially impacting early childhood is available on our Nebraska Legislation page.
Children in about 273 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.
Dr. Cynthis Ellis
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
"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