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Katie Bass joins FFN’s Policy staff

Welcome to Katie Bass, FFN's new Data and Policy Research Advisor. Prior to joining First Five Nebraska, Katie worked to improve outcomes for Nebraska children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Read More

December 02, 2020  |  Posted in General

State looks at strengthening early childhood system amid pandemic

Interim study LR390 is underway to examine the fiscal and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nebraska’s early childhood workforce and early childhood care and education system. FFN and public and private partners are developing potential policy recommendations based on what was learned.    Read More

November 17, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

What is access to reliable, quality child care really worth to Nebraska?

FFN hosted a webinar with Nobel Laureate James Heckman and researchers from the Nebrasks Bureau of Business Research on the impact of child care to our state. Studies tell us quality early care and learning can yield as much as a 13% return on investment, and at the same time, our state could lose nearly $1.4 billion annually in direct and indirect losses if we fail to strengthen Nebraska's earlly childhood infrastructure.    Read More

November 16, 2020  |  Posted in General

First Five Nebraska, DED highlight early childhood efforts to market Nebraska

We recently partnered with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in reaching out to prospective Nebraska residents, business owners and working parents about how early childhood education contributes to 'the good life'. Read More

October 29, 2020  |  Posted in General

State Chamber Forums: Snapshot of Nebraska’s Economy

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry is hosting its annual Fall Forums, looking at how Nebraska is faring with the pandemic and ongoing recovery efforts.  Read More

October 21, 2020  |  Posted in General

A provider’s perspective on operating a child care business during the pandemic

Mariah Stowe, a Lincoln child care provider, testified on LR390 before the Legislature's Appropriations Committee on the tough decisions facing child care professionals during COVID-19.  Read More

October 09, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

We need Nebraska to be competitive, which means our workforce needs access to quality child care

At a recent Appropriations Committee hearing, TMCO CEO Diane Temme Stinton testified on LR390, an interim study assessing the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on Nebraska's early childhood workforce and early care and education system.  Read More

October 08, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

Senators learn of COVID-19 impacts on state’s early childhood workforce and education system

FFN's Elizabeth Everett tesified at a legislative hearing for LR390 this week, along with experts from the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, the state’s early childhood system, business and child care.   Read More

October 01, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

NECC’s Toolkit program helps child care providers acquire state licensure

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative’s Licensing Toolkit program helps unlicensed and new child care providers on their journey to state licensure through hands-on support, resources and materials to meet licensing requirements and membership in a professional network for family child care busineses owners.  

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September 24, 2020  |  Posted in General

Early childhood programs’ success, community vitality focus of conference

Nearly 700 civic, business and education leaders, from 99 Nebraska communities, 20 states and Washington, D.C., came together for the third annual “Thriving Children, Families, and Communities” conference Monday to focus on quality early childhood programs—which became even more critical with the pandemic—and their connection to community economic development and vitality.

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September 17, 2020  |  Posted in General
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