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Expanded child tax credit aimed at cutting child poverty

The expanded child tax credit in the American Rescue Plan Act aims to lift children out of poverty through increased payment amounts and by reaching more children, with the largest reductions seen for Black, Hispanic and Native American children. Read More

July 22, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Early Childhood and Coronavirus State & Local Recovery Funds

Nebraska will receive about $1 billion in State and Local Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Here's where early childhood can fit into the picture. Read More

July 07, 2021  |  Posted in

FFN to work with state senators on 5 interim studies

FFN is partnering with several state senators on legislative interim studies focused on early childhood, including the School Readiness Tax Credit, maternal depression and maternal and infant health, home-visiting programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Read More

July 01, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

School Readiness Tax Credit application window reopens for 2021 tax year

Now is the time to begin the application process for this important financial support for Nebraska's child care professionals. Our Step-by-Step guides can help. Read More

July 01, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Child care professionals: We need your input on the School Readiness Tax Credit

We are taking action to make sure an important financial support remains available to hard-working child care professionals. Read More

June 29, 2021  |  Posted in

2021 Nebraska Legislature: Early childhood policy highlights

The first session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die May 27. During the scheduled 90-day session, state senators debated and passed critical pieces of legislation, including a biennium budget, a Social Security tax cut and a bill 
to temporarily expand income eligibility limits for Child Care Subsidy. Here's a summary of early childhood bills FFN supported this session.  Read More

June 24, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

How involved fathers improve kids’ well-being

An abundance of research shows the many ways children benefit from involved fathers, especially during their earliest developmental years.  Read More

June 10, 2021  |  Posted in Research

LB485 signed into law; expands eligibility for child care subsidy

New law will make subsidized and transitional child care assistance more available to Nebraska families. Read More

May 28, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

Class 3 of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy to Launch in September

The Policy Leadership Academy is a non-partisan initiative of First Five Nebraska designed to help citizen-leaders develop their skills to advocate for public policies that support development of young children.  Read More

May 20, 2021  |  Posted in General

Resource helps new and expectant parents guide children’s early development

Learning Begins at Birth, an updated guide for new and expectant parents is being distributed statewide through Nebraska birthing hospitals, WIC and public health centers, nonprofits, home-visiting initiatives and other organizations. It’s available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Karen. Read More

May 18, 2021  |  Posted in General
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