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First School-Child Care Partnership Grants Awarded

Falls City, Kearney, North Platte, Chadron, Sidney and Gering receive new Sixpence grants to create School-Child Care Partnerships that will serve nearly 600 infants and toddlers, more than half are at risk of arriving at school prepared to learn. Read More

March 31, 2016  |  Posted in Legislation

New Sixpence School-Child Care Provider Partnerships a Game Changer

The Sixpence Board of Trustees announced a new grant opportunity this week that transforms how communities can work together to support early learning opportunities. Read More

October 02, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

Early Childhood Highlights from Nebraska’s 2015 Legislative Session

Balancing a wide variety of public interests and with great bipartisan support, the Nebraska Legislature again recognized the critical importance of children’s early years prior to adjourning the 2015 legislative session on May 29.  Of preeminent importance to First Five Nebraska is public policy that recognizes the development of the brain in the early years literally shapes the learning capacity for the rest of a child’s life. Here's a summary of our highest priority bills from the 2015 legislative session. Read More

June 04, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

Senators Campbell and Sullivan: Unique LB547 Partnerships Will Reach More At-Risk Children

With true bipartisanship, Nebraska senators passed and Governor Ricketts signed legislation to allow partnership between child care providers and schools to help young children receive the kinds of early experiences known to foster cognitive and character skills that lead to success in school and life. Read More

May 28, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

Child Care Providers Can Be Part of the Solution in Closing the Achievement Gap

As child care professionals, we know that good quality early childhood environments matter. Read More

May 07, 2015  |  Posted in

Nebraska is Poised to Take Innovative Step to Meet the Needs of At-Risk Kids

The partnership formed between Sixpence Early Learning Fund and Step Up to Quality in LB547 will mean that more kids at risk will benefit from early care and education programs that meet the rigorous, high-quality standards known to narrow the achievement gap. Read More

March 26, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

Common Ground is Key

Child care and education fall under the purview of two different systems in Nebraska, and each approaches early childhood from a unique standpoint. For the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees child care, the issue revolves around ensuring that children’s fundamental requirements for health and safety are met while in care. Nebraska’s education system, on the other hand, focuses on whether children begin kindergarten ready to learn and prepared to advance academically. The science of early childhood development tells us that these two aspects of child development shouldn’t be addressed as separate considerations. Early child care environments are, or ought to be, learning environments—just as the health and safety of young children are necessary for quality learning to occur. Read More

March 17, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

York Public Schools Superintendent Mike Lucas: Opportunity Knocks—Expanding Sixpence in 2015

As public school educators and administrators, we deal directly with the outcomes of children’s earliest learning experiences. All too often, it’s alarmingly easy for our teachers to tell which students are likely to succeed or struggle in our classrooms within the first days of kindergarten. Read More

February 25, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation

2 Bills Aim to Help Close the Achievement Gap

We know that a significant number of Nebraska’s children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to learn. In fact, more than 64,000 children ages birth-5 are at risk of failing in school. Of these, about 30,000 are infants and toddlers who are not receiving the kinds of early experiences known to support strong brain development during the first three years of life. Read More

February 05, 2015  |  Posted in Legislation