"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)
Applications for Sixpence grants to fund collaborations between schools and child care providers now are available. These new grants, the result of passage of LB547, will mean more of Nebraska's infants and toddlers at risk will receive quality early learning experiences known to reduce the achievement gap.
Happy first birthday Nebraska Step Up to Quality! Children in approximately 187 child care programs now 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