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Early and New Beginnings: Boone County and C4K Break Ground for Boone Beginnings Early Childhood and Family Development Center

In 2015, when Boone County, Nebraska was considering plans to address their childcare shortage, Jay Wolf, and other Boone County Foundation Fund (BCFF) core team members, said, “We know we have a childcare shortage; we need solutions, but we’re not interested in building a center.” Five years later, the team broke ground for Boone Beginnings, their early care center. So, how did this happen? Read on.

In 2015, when Boone County, Nebraska was considering plans to address their childcare shortage, Jay Wolf, and other Boone County Foundation Fund (BCFF) core team members, said, “We know we have a childcare shortage; we need solutions, but we’re not interested in building a center.”

Five years later, the team broke ground for Boone Beginnings, their early care center.

So, how did this happen? Read on.

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

Something Old, Something New, and a Sixpence for Her Shoe: Sixpence Comes to Families’ Homes

Established in 2006, the Sixpence Early Learning Fund supports infants and toddlers to ensure that they’re developmentally ready for kindergarten. Sixpence administers three types of grants: Center-based care, family engagement home-based services, and a combination of family engagement and center-based care. Today, Rebecca and Troy Swindell share their Sixpence home visitation takeaways!

Established in 2006, the Sixpence Early Learning Fund supports infants and toddlers to ensure that they’re developmentally ready for kindergarten. Sixpence administers three types of grants: Center-based care, family engagement home-based services, and a combination of family engagement and center-based care. Today, Rebecca and Troy Swindell share their Sixpence home visitation takeaways!

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

Shooting for Success: Sixpence and Broken Bow Hit the Bull’s Eye 

Sixpence Early Learning Fund, one of our Early Childhood initiatives, is dedicated to helping our state’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers during their precious early years. Today, a Broken Bow family shared their takeaways from going more than eight years strong with Sixpence home visits!

Sixpence Early Learning Fund, one of our Early Childhood initiatives, is dedicated to helping our state’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers during these precious early years. Today, a Broken Bow family shared their takeaways from going more than eight years strong with Sixpence home visits!

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

TEN-MINUTE RULE: What Becky Lieswald WISHES She Could Have Known Before Applying for a Stabilization Grant

How long did it take Becky Ramm, a busy Nebraska childcare provider, to apply for the Stabilization Grant? TEN MINUTES. Yes, the process was that easy. Read more tips as Becky walks you through this simple grant application for childcare providers who were impacted by the pandemic.

How long did it take Becky Ramm, a busy Nebraska childcare provider, to apply for the Stabilization Grant?

TEN MINUTES. Yes, the process was that easy. Read more tips as Becky walks you through this simple grant application for childcare providers who were impacted by the pandemic.

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

Rooted in Adult AND Child Relationships: Self-Care Bingo, Engaging Toys, and More for the Whole Family

Self-Care, Childcare, Rooted in Relationships Helps Support Both!    Now, there is a bingo game for adults and childcare providers. When one of the families wins, their childcare provider may give them a free day of care, $5, ice cream, or childcare in exchange

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

Filling the Void and Cultivating Kids: Wilcox-Hildreth’s C4K Team Draws Up Plans for a Quality Childcare Center

Popular culture is full of tales of a young person who travels from her small town to a larger urban area. But what about those who stay or return? Beyond Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz, many young families move back to small towns, places that they love, where they may be presented with unique assets and challenges, including finding childcare. Read more about the Wilcox-Hildreth area's new C4K initiative and their dreams of Cultivating Kids...and quality childcare.

Popular culture is full of tales of a young person who travels from her small town to a larger urban area. But what about those who stay or return? Beyond Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz, many young families move back to small towns, places that they love, where they may be presented with unique assets and challenges, including finding childcare. Read more about the Wilcox-Hildreth area’s new C4K initiative and their dreams of Cultivating Kids…and quality childcare.

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Posted in Early Childhood, News and Events

Think Make Create Trailers™: The Eyes into the Future of the Next Generation of Professionals?

Lately, the future of kids going back to school has been uncertain. Happily, when Beyond School Bells' teamed up with Big Red Keno, a Think Make Create Lab rolled into Family Service Lincoln. Just like that, the future was hopeful once again! Read more about how our next generation of young creators made the most of this mobile makerspace!

Lately, the future of kids going back to school has been uncertain. Happily, when Beyond School Bells’ teamed up with Big Red Keno, a Think Make Create Lab rolled into Family Service Lincoln. The future was hopeful once again! Read more about how our next generation of young creators made the most of this mobile makerspace!

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events

New Beginnings and Homes: Connected Youth Initiative Supports a Young Woman

A young woman was temporarily homeless. How did she use her resilience, resources, and a little support from a Central Navigator and KAJ Hospitality to find a place she now calls home?

A young woman was temporarily homeless. How did she use her resilience, resources, and a little support from a Central Navigator and KAJ Hospitality to find a place she now calls home?

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Posted in News and Events, Systems, Teen/Early Adulthood

Hear No Evil, See No Evil: Why Suppressing Children’s Emotions Doesn’t Work: Sami Bradley Shares What DOES

As our Assistant Vice President of Early Childhood Mental Health, we’re excited to host Sami Bradley as our resident expert, who will share her personal experience and professional tips to assist parents in their management of children’s emotions.

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Kloreace’s Story: Opportunity Passport, Commitment, and Work Ethic Take Her Home

At 25 years old, Kloreace thought big and dreamt bigger. Six months after enrolling in Opportunity Passport™, she bought a house! A passionate school psychologist, she possesses many talents: she’s intelligent, driven, and compassionate. She’s also an advocate for the Opportunity Passport ™ program.

At 25 years old, Kloreace thought big and dreamed bigger. Six months after enrolling in Opportunity Passport™, she bought a house! A passionate school psychologist, she possesses many talents: she’s intelligent, driven, and compassionate. She’s also an advocate for the Opportunity Passport ™ program, which we oversee along with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

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Posted in News and Events, Systems, Teen/Early Adulthood
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