Building strong, efficient service systems, improving oversight and accountability procedures, and expanding our knowledge base through research are all critical to the mission of First Five Nebraska and our partners.

Improved Practices

Building a culture that values the healthy growth and development of young children is central to the mission of First Five Nebraska.  But public will is only effective if it supports a comprehensive framework of practices and administrative systems serving Nebraska's youngest children.  First Five Nebraska works closely with agencies such as the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and other public and private organizations to build and improve the statewide infrastructure that fosters early care environments, enhances the quality of early childhood personnel and ensures that our public resources are being used in the most effective and responsible way.

Our overall  strategy for improving early childhood practices throughout Nebraska includes:

  • Enhancing state leadership alignment and support for high-quality early childhood programs.
  • Implementing sustainable policies and programs based on research and evaluation results that move the state forward in early childhood practices, such as the Sixpence Early Childhood Endowment and the Early Childhood Education Grant Program serving all at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds.
  • Promoting access to high-quality early learning environments at home and other locales for children at risk of failing in school.
     

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