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New video series highlights benefits of Rooted in Relationships

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation initiative Rooted in Relationships has released a series of videos to help explain the rationale behind the initiative, the models and best practices it uses, and how communities across the state are seeing success since

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New Sixpence grants connect child care providers, public schools to promote early childhood development

The Trustees of the Sixpence Early Learning Fund announced this week that six new grants totaling approximately $1.3 million will be awarded to school districts in partnerships with local licensed early care and education providers for infants and toddlers at risk. Selected

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Sixpence announces Child Care Partnership grants

For the first time ever, the Sixpence Early Learning fund will fund collaborations between school districts and licensed child care providers. These new Child Care Partnership grants will give more of Nebraska’s most vulnerable babies and toddlers access to high-quality early

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Real readiness: Social-emotional development and success in school

Social and emotional skills –not academic skills– are most predictive of success in kindergarten. When a 5-year-old enters kindergarten, she’ll be best positioned for success if she can sit and listen to the teacher, get along with other students, keep

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Choosing a high-quality preschool program in Nebraska

If your child is already in a care setting that has a preschool program that you like, that’s great news. For many Nebraska families, however, their 3- and 4-year-olds will be starting preschool after being in a home-based setting. For

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Preschool: Helping your child get the most out of schooling at ages 3-4

The purpose of preschool High-quality preschool programs are designed to help prepare children for kindergarten in several ways. Two of the most important areas are: Optimizing social-emotional skills by giving 3-4 year olds the opportunity to practice these skills in

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Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education

By Amy Bornemeier, Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs You’ve probably heard that high-quality early care and education opportunities are key to laying the foundation for success in school and later in life. Research indicates that the most critical period

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