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Quality early child care emerges as a key economic development tool

Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett led a panel discussion at this year's Thriving Children conference on the role early childhood plays in a community’s growth and vitality. Read More

September 19, 2019  |  Posted in General

Newly developed resource will help new and expectant parents guide children’s early development

New parenting resource will be distributed to families of young children statewide through Nebraska's Preschool Development Grant. Read More

September 11, 2019  |  Posted in General

Fremont shows leadership in how communities can invest in quality child care

Fremont City Council approved a $71,121 Local Option Economic Development Loan to enable an area entrepreneur to launch a business that will help address the workforce needs of a much wider circle of employers in the community. The business? Pearl Academy, an early childhood education and care center. Read More

September 05, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

Blueprint Nebraska offers bold vision for state’s early childhood education and infrastructure

Blueprint Nebraska has released its report following a year of gathering information from more than 7,000 Nebraskans and industry leaders to build a roadmap of strategic initiatives to shape the state's future. We're excited to see the plan includes robust early care and learning infrastructure among its priorities. 

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August 22, 2019  |  Posted in General

Elizabeth Everett visits Ogallala and Lewellen to learn about early childhood programs

Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett continues her statewide tour learning about early childhood infrastructure in Nebraska. This trip she's in Ogallala and Lewellen.  Read More

August 09, 2019  |  Posted in General

Three things Nebraska employers need to know about child care

Nebraska employers statewide face serious challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining talented workers. If you’re an employer with parents of young children on staff, you can bet child care impacts their income, quality of life and ability to stay engaged at work. And that affects your company's productivity and growth. 

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August 01, 2019  |  Posted in General

Governor Ricketts’ economic development conference focuses on growth, challenges

Like affordable housing, public transportation and quality jobs, high-quality child care is necessary to attract and retain a talented workforce in Nebraska communities.  Read More

July 25, 2019  |  Posted in General

Amanda Felton joins Administrative team

We're excited to welcome Amanda Felton to First Five Nebraska as our new Office Manager. Amanda brings more than seven years of administration and program management experience to FFN. Read More

July 18, 2019  |  Posted in General

‘Quality’ child care is about developing healthy children—and healthy businesses

Nebraska urgently needs skilled, highly capable child care providers to thrive—not only as educators and caregivers for young children, but as business owners and entrepreneurs. This was the central theme at Elevate19, a recent conference for current and prospective child care providers from across the state. Read More

June 27, 2019  |  Posted in General

Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett begins statewide tour to learn about child care infrastructure

Policy Associate Elizabeth Everett is embarking on a tour around Nebraska this summer to learn about early childhood infrastructure in communities and begin building relationships with community members to identify child care needs and strategies.

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June 20, 2019  |  Posted in General
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