Bipartisan Policy Center

BPC Releases Policy Framework on Early Childhood Facilities

Business Connection/Research

Description: This article provides research and analysis on the importance of child care to the business workforce. 

Business Connection/Research website

AEIdeas: Public Policy Blog

Business Related Resources

Description: Research-based based policies, practices and programs that providers, and communities can take to ensure families are supported

NC Early Childhood Foundation website

Census-Related Data Resources

Stats America
Comparing counties to counties or counties to the state especially useful

Social Explorer
The “export as image” feature is handy if there is a heat map you’d like to copy into another document

Census Reporter
Type in a county and it spits out a nice report; I especially like that hovering over items shows additional info like margin of error and comparisons to the state and the US as a whole

Chamber Business Connection Toolkit

Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation website

College of Business Administration Business Development Center — UNO free business resource — Service Centers Locations

Description: They offer excellent help in developing business plans and financing strategies, including applications for low/no-interest loans and grants for certain qualifying businesses. They also help with market analyses, commercial, professional, and environmental regulatory compliance, etc. They should be a resource that any child care center reaches out to for free advice and business help.

Primary Contact:
Administrative Office, 200 Mammel Hall 67th and Pine Streets, Omaha, NE 68182

Phone: 402.554.2521


NE Business Development Center - Service Centers website

Nebraska Business Development Center website

Cost of Quality Calculator and Messaging Toolkit

Description: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) has developed the Cost of Preschool Quality & Revenue (CPQ&R) calculator, a free Excel-based tool, to help users determine costs and funding sources related to implementing high-quality preschool programs.

CELLO Cost of Preschool Quality and Revenue Calculator

Developing Youth Talent Initiative

Description: The Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools.

Developing Youth Talent Initiative website

DHHS Child Care Resources

DHHS Child Care Resources website


Description: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services offers grant opportunities for startup or expansion. These grants are awarded on an ongoing basis to child care centers and family child care. 

Phone: 402-471-3531

Qualifiations/Services: Enhancement or start up $5k- 10k 

DHHS Family Services website

DHHS Licensure

Description: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services requires that child care centers and family child care homes be licensed and meet specific requirements. Licensing Specialists are located throughout the state and provide oversight and monitoring of licensed programs.

DHHS Public Health website

DHHS Market Rate Survey

Description: The MRS is a federal requirement of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, as well as being a part of Nebraska's State Statute. The MRS collects data every two years from licensed child care providers statewide. Child care subsidy rates are set in accordance to results of the survey and in combination with provider type (Family Child Care Home I/II, Child Care Center) and their geological location (Urban or Rural) and accreditation. Accredited providers will receive rates at the 75th percentile or the urban rate for their provider type. 

2017 Child Care Market Rate Survey

DHHS Subsidy Contract

Description: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services contracts with licensed child care centers and family child care homes to provide care to families receiving child care subsidy. This subsidy pays for or assists in payment for the cost of care. Providers establish a contract with DHHS and then are able to bill for children served through the contract. Rates are based on a biannual statewide market rate survey. 

Primary Contact: Nicole Vint


Child Care Subsidy Information for Parents website

Intern Nebraska Program

Description: The Intern Nebraska Grant Program (InternNE) provides financial assistance to businesses who create new internships in Nebraska.

Intern Nebraska website


Primary Contact: Ronne Hineline


Qualification/Services: Materials/resources/connection to NAEYC, ITERS, ECERS, Classroom layout

Lakeshore website

Listing of Potential Grant Sources

Description: Grants and funding opportunities

America's Promise Alliance website

Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC)

MN rural Community Action Plan

MN rural Community Action Plan website

National Association for the Education of Young Children - NAEYC

Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. 

Qualification/Services: Accreditation, best practice

NAEYC website

Nature Explore Classrooms

Description: Through the Nature Explore program, we meld design and education theory into practice. Our process produces nature-based learning spaces that inspire wonder in your children and in you. We can help design or redesign an outdoor classroom that works exceptionally well in supporting children’s learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as language/literacy, the arts, and social/emotional development.

Primary Contact: Nancy Rosenow


Nature Explore website

Nebraska Advantage Act

Description: Nebraska’s comprehensive economic development incentive package for expanding or relocating businesses.

Nebraska Advantage Package website

Nebraska Business Development Centers (NBDC)

They assist with business planning, market analysis, and loan guarantees through the federal Small Business Administration. Look here to find contact information for NBDC locations across the state . Many NBDC services are provided at no charge.

Nebraska Child and Adult Food program Reimbursement Rates

NDE Reimbursement Rates


Nebraska Child Care Desert Graphics

Percent of the population living in a child care desert

Nebraska Department of Education reVISION

Description: reVISION is a year-long process that provides Nebraska schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs within an ever-changing economy. 

NDE Career Education website

Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative

Description: The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) was established in 2014 as a strategic initiative of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. NECC is a consortium of leading early childhood organizations, and we operate within a lean but robust shared services organizational structure that facilitates knowledge sharing and cost reduction. The Collaborative’s early childhood organizational partners include Educare Omaha, Educare Lincoln, and Omaha Early Learning Centers.

Primary Contact: Shannon Cotsoradis


Phone: 402-301-3025

Qualification/Services: Exchange for materials, access to templates and samples of P&P, handbooks, forms, and HR and financial oversight

Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative website

Nebraska Early Childhood Exchange

Description: NECC extends its reach into the broader child care community through the Nebraska Early Childhood Exchange, a resource website built specifically for Nebraska’s child care providers. The Exchange helps to promote best practices, offer cost savings, and supply providers with countless administrative and classroom resources.

Nebraska Early Childhood Exchange website

Nebraska TEACH

Description: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEBRASKA provides scholarships to help early care and education professionals complete coursework at a local college and work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. Scholarships are available for both Associates and Bachelors Degrees.

Nebraska TEACH website

Nebraska Worker Training Grant Program

Description: Worker Training Board Meeting Schedule, Nebraska Worker Training Board Membership, Grant Application Tips, and FAQ's

Worker Training Grants website

Outdoor Classrooms/Green Space

Nebraska Forest Service website

Potential Community Grant Resources

DED Resources website

Research on Multi Pronged Approach

Description: Combination of Early Childhood, Home Visiting, and Supports

Research Brief: Decades of Evidence Demonstrate That Early Childhood Programs Can Benefit Children and Provide Economic Returns

Rule 11 Rules for Architectural Design

Description: Elements of Architectural Design for Early Childhood Programs

Link to Requirements 

Step Up To Quality

Description: Step Up to Quality Child Care (SUTQ) has five levels, with licensing as the first, and a hybrid rating structure. Tiered reimbursement will be available at steps three through five; incentive bonuses are provided at steps two through five.

Primary Contact: Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)

Step Up to Quality website

SUTQ Technical Assistance email: 

SUTQ link to YouTube how to set up an account:

Tax Credit for Startup Businesses

Description: Components Incorporated into the Nebraska Advantage Package

Nebraska Advantage website

USDA grant - rural communities

Description: small communities with high poverty rate

USDA Rural Development website