Bipartisan Policy Center
Description: This article provides research and analysis on the importance of child care to the business workforce.
Business Related Resources
Description: Research-based based policies, practices and programs that providers, and communities can take to ensure families are supported
Census-Related Data Resources
Comparing counties to counties or counties to the state especially useful
The “export as image” feature is handy if there is a heat map you’d like to copy into another document
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.
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.
Administrative Office, 200 Mammel Hall 67th and Pine Streets, Omaha, NE 68182
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.
Developing Youth Talent Initiative
Description: The Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools.
DHHS Child Care Resources
DHHS EC Grant
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.
Qualifiations/Services: Enhancement or start up $5k- 10k
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 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.
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
Intern Nebraska Program
Description: The Intern Nebraska Grant Program (InternNE) provides financial assistance to businesses who create new internships in Nebraska.
Primary Contact: Ronne Hineline
Qualification/Services: Materials/resources/connection to NAEYC, ITERS, ECERS, Classroom layout
Listing of Potential Grant Sources
Description: Grants and funding opportunities
Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC)
MN rural Community Action Plan
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
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
Nebraska Advantage Act
Description: Nebraska’s comprehensive economic development incentive package for expanding or relocating businesses.
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 https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/index.php . Many NBDC services are provided at no charge.
Nebraska Child and Adult Food program Reimbursement Rates
Nebraska Child Care Desert Graphics
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.
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
Qualification/Services: Exchange for materials, access to templates and samples of P&P, handbooks, forms, and HR and financial oversight
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.
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 Worker Training Grant Program
Description: Worker Training Board Meeting Schedule, Nebraska Worker Training Board Membership, Grant Application Tips, and FAQ's
Outdoor Classrooms/Green Space
Potential Community Grant Resources
Research on Multi Pronged Approach
Description: Combination of Early Childhood, Home Visiting, and Supports
Rule 11 Rules for Architectural Design
Description: Elements of Architectural Design for Early Childhood Programs
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)
SUTQ Technical Assistance email: www.education.ne.gov/StepUpToQuality
SUTQ link to YouTube how to set up an account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHpHN-Igbeg
Tax Credit for Startup Businesses
Description: Components Incorporated into the Nebraska Advantage Package
USDA grant - rural communities
Description: small communities with high poverty rate