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LB351 becomes law, promotes child care quality and capacity in Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB351 into law today, allowing child care providers transitioning to a new license type to serve more children to retain their rating in Nebraska Step Up to Quality. Read More

April 06, 2021  |  Posted in General Legislation

LB351 seeks to remove unnecessary barriers to increase child care capacity, quality

LB351 seeks to remove barriers for early childhood providers by allowing them to retain their quality rating in Step Up to Quality if they change license type. The bill recently advanced to Select File.  Read More

March 10, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

FFN identifies bills in the Legislature that could affect early childhood

State senators introduced 684 bills and 10 Constitutional amendments this legislative session. Learn more about bills FFN is monitoring bills that could affect early childhood and how to access their current status on our website. Read More

January 28, 2021  |  Posted in Legislation

School readiness tax credit program revised to benefit more child care providers

Governor Ricketts signs LB266 into law, giving self-employed child care providers and those classified as S-Corps access to the school readiness tax credit, as intended in the original legislation.

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August 19, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

NDE announces redesigned NECPRS website

The Nebraska Department of Education's redesigned Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System offers a mobile-friendly design, easier document upload, user-friendly navigation and an updated training calendar.  Read More

June 26, 2020  |  Posted in General

CARES Act funds will support Nebraska’s child care system as state moves toward economic recovery

Here's FFN's breakdown of how $20 million in federal funds resulting from passage of the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be used to stabilize and strengthen Nebraska's child care infrastructure and other school-based education services for children. 

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June 02, 2020  |  Posted in Legislation

My ‘Why’

UNL's Children's Center is committed to providing quality care and education, and has reached the highest quality level in Nebraska Step Up to Quality. Here's why they embraced the challenge and what it means for the children in their care.  Read More

October 04, 2018  |  Posted in General

2 New Sixpence Grants Connect Child Care Providers, Schools to Promote Quality Early Learning

Auburn and Hastings are recipients of the latest round of Sixpence Child Care Partnership grants. The grants are awarded to school districts who have partnered with local licensed child care providers to improve the care for infants and toddlers at risk. Read More

June 07, 2018  |  Posted in Legislation

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
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