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Nebraska Wins National Grant to Expand High-Quality Prenatal-to-Age-3 Services

Pritzker Children’s Initiative has awarded Nebraska a planning grant to establish an actionable prenatal-to-age-3 policy framework. First Five Nebraska will lead this cross-sector effort that will dovetail closely with work already underway on the federal Preschool Development Grant.

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April 18, 2019  |  Posted in General

Lincoln Steps Up to Provide a Big Boost for Our Little Ones

A new early childhood initiative, the Lincoln Littles Early Learning Fund, is giving the capital city’s little ones a big boost. Led by Lincoln Community Foundation in partnership with the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Lincoln Littles is one example of a community stepping up to make high-quality child care more accessible to families. Read More

April 11, 2019  |  Posted in General

Elizabeth Everett Saw the Beauty, Challenges of her Adopted State in Leadership Nebraska

Elizabeth Everett, new Nebraska resident and one of our Policy Associates, found the beauty of Nebraska and its challenges during her time in the State Chamber's Leadership Nebraska Class XI.  Read More

April 04, 2019  |  Posted in General

Update on Early Childhood Bills Moving Through the Legislature

The Nebraska Legislature just passed the halfway point of this year’s 90-day session. Committee hearings have ended and full-day floor debate begins April 2. Here's an update of early childhood bills working their way through the legislative process. Read More

March 28, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

We support LB720, Which Would Create a New Business Development Tax-Incentive Program

Communities need a strong infrastructure to attract and retain businesses, and we believe that infrastructure should include high-quality child care to support working parents and employers.   Read More

March 07, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB564 Revises Scope of Financing Act to Include Child Care Facilities

LB564 revises the definition of facilities eligible to receive grant funding under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund to include child care, among other things.           Read More

March 06, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

First Five Nebraska Testifies on Legislative Bills Affecting Early Childhood

The 106th Nebraska Legislature is in the eighth week of its 2019 90-day session. Here are updates on six bills First Five Nebraska has testified on this session. They are: LB590, LB266, LB66, LB160, LB459 and LB341.

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February 28, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB590 Offers Cost Efficiencies for State Government and Child Care Providers

Integrating NECPRS (the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System online database) into Nebraska’s child care licensing procedure would expedite and simplify the process of verifying provider training and education, resulting in cost and procedural efficiencies for state government and child care providers.

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February 07, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

LB266 Will Widen Access to the School Readiness Tax Credit

On February 1, Senator Brett Lindstrom (District 17) presented LB266 to the Revenue Committee for public hearing. If advanced to law, the bill will widen access to Nebraska's School Readiness Tax Credits for early care and learning providers and professionals.  Read More

February 01, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

Statewide Early Childhood Policy Initiative Launches to Train, Educate Community Leaders

Civic leaders representing 21 Nebraska communities came together in Grand Island on January 16 for the inaugural meeting of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy. The Academy’s goal is to help participants engage policymakers and key stakeholders in conversations about strengthening Nebraska’s local and statewide early childhood infrastructure.

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January 17, 2019  |  Posted in General
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