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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

What we learned from the 2019 Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy

The inuagural class of the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy was as valuable to those of us who helped design the program as it was to the citizen-leaders who participated in it. Read More

June 19, 2019  |  Posted in General

Highlights of the 2019 Nebraska legislative session

Here's a look at this year's contentious legislative session and updates on bills affecting early childhood, including those that were passed into law and those that will be held over for the 2020 session.  Read More

June 06, 2019  |  Posted in Legislation

New video breaks down serve-and-return into 5 simple steps

Responsive and attentive child-adult relationships with many back-and-forth interactions build a strong foundation in a child's brain. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child defines five easy steps to practice serve-and-return with babies.    Read More

May 23, 2019  |  Posted in General Research

Child care providers are a key component of community growth

Child care providers are often overlooked, but important, small businesses that are essential for our communities and state to thrive.  Read More

May 09, 2019  |  Posted in General
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