Our allies in Nebraska helped advocate for quality and accessibility enhancements for early childhood programs throughout the state.

State Allies:

First Five Nebraska • Lincoln, NE
Top Priorities for 2020

Legislation to resolve eligibility issues with the state’s School Readiness Tax Credit program and allow family home child care providers and S Corps to access the refundable tax credit and the nonrefundable tax credit

Engage the business sector to impact early childhood and local economic development policies

Continue to work with public and private partners to support the early childhood industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2019, Nebraska’s advocates were able to score several legislative wins.

  • Helped advocate to restore funding for early childhood programs that were cut in the previous budget year.
  • Passed legislation enabling DHHS to utilize the Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System for verification of staff training for programs using the system.
  • Passed legislation allowing communities to direct some of their local option municipal economic development funds to develop or expand quality early childhood programs.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Nebraska early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

Latest News from Nebraska:


Executive Order from Nebraska Governor Offers Financial Stability to State’s Subsidy Child Care Providers

Executive Order 20-18 addresses important financial supports for child care providers and working families throughout the state by temporarily adjusting how the state manages child care subsidy reimbursements. It temporarily changes reimbursement protocols by allowing child care providers to receive subsidy reimbursements based on the enrollment of subsidy-eligible children in their programs, rather than actual attendance while that program is open for business. It also ensures that child care slots allocated to subsidy-eligible parents will still be waiting for them when they return to work.

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Nebraska 2019 Legislative Update

Nebraska’s Unicameral adjourned six days early this year when senators could not reach consensus on a comprehensive property tax relief package or a business tax incentive program. Despite the contentious atmosphere at times, the session concluded with some notable successes for early childhood.

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