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Tax Credits Are Available to Support Quality Child Care Programs and Staff

Nebraska senators passed legislation (LB889) in 2016 giving tax credits to child care programs and their early childhood staff members beginning with tax year 2017. Read More

October 12, 2017  |  Posted in Legislation

The Iron Triangle: Revenues Cover Per-Child Cost

If parent fees plus third-party payments don't equal the per-child cost, an early care and education program is losing money. The Iron Triangle was developed to illustrate how focusing on three key metrics can help care providers think strategically and practice strong fiscal management.  Read More

October 06, 2016  |  Posted in General

The Iron Triangle: Full Enrollment

Providing high-quality environments that close the achievement gap for young children can be costly, and as early childhood education (ECE) providers seek to meet quality standards in Step Up to Quality it's important that their businesses possess a sound financial strategy. Here's a look at the Iron Triangle which focuses on three key metrics that make ECE programs financially viable.

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September 22, 2016  |  Posted in General

Happy First Birthday, Nebraska Step Up to Quality!

Nebraska Step Up to Quality celebrated its first birthday July 1 and celebrated a year of working to improve early care and education quality, and increase positive outcomes for young children to close the achievement gap. Read More

July 24, 2015  |  Posted in General Legislation

Senator Mello: Nebraska is Well-Positioned to Continue to Invest in Our Children, Grow Our Economy

Appropriations Committee Chair Mello sees tremendous opportunity for policymakers to improve the lives of Nebraska's children and families while continuing to build on our state’s overall economic momentum. Read More

July 16, 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

Governor Ricketts Signs Budget, Stabilizes Funding for Early Childhood Education

The budget stabilizes future funding for Sixpence, Nebraska’s birth to age 3 early learning fund and increases funding for incentives and bonuses in Step Up to Quality. Read More

May 21, 2015  |  Posted in

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
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