104th Nebraska Legislature, Second Session, Convenes

Senators convened the 60-day session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature January 6.

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Quality Early Learning ...

isn’t just about educating today’s youngest kids. It’s about making sure Nebraska’s tradition of educational excellence continues for generations to come.

Social Skills Matter

"The development of important social skills is one of the best things that happens to kids in high-quality early learning programs... You can't magically instill this in kids as they get older - it has to begin in the very earliest years."

Sheriff Tim Dunning
Douglas County

Early Education Opens Doors

"Education opens doors for all who partake. Those doors open even wider if positive educational experiences begin in early childhood...  Our efforts in early childhood education mean better health, learning and economic outcomes, particularly for our most vulnerable young children - and that means success for our entire state."

Senator Kate Sullivan
Legislative District 41

"Almost daily, a Chamber member expresses concern about their current or future workforce needs. We need to maximize the skills of every child in Nebraska to build a sufficient, skilled talent pool for the future."

K.C. Belitz
President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

"We know that early, enriched environments maximize the interaction between biology and experience, and positively influence a child's developmental trajectory with lifelong consequences for health and well-being."

Dr. Cynthis Ellis
Omaha Pediatrician

"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

"New industries consider locating in states who show a commitment to children in their early years. They understand it's an indicator of stability in a community and a quality workforce."

Barry Kennedy
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry