Resource Categories


Facility/Early Childhood Providers

Bipartisan Policy Center

BPC Releases Policy Framework on Early Childhood Facilities

Description: The policy framework recognizes that the quality of the physical buildings and spaces where children learn, play, and grow are a fundamental part of their development and learning.

 

Blueprint for Success

Buffet Early Childhood Institute

Description: We bring together those who are working to improve early childhood education and development. We serve as a catalyst for change and provide a unified vision and common approach for how we can work together to improve children’s learning and development.

We partner with schools, communities, policymakers, and others to share—and apply—the best of what is known about early childhood development. We serve as a bridge to resources and information for parents, providers, and the public. We communicate what we know to improve the lives of vulnerable young children and their families. 

Buffet Early Childhood Institute's Website

 


 

DHHS Child Care Resources

Description: Manual for planning a high quality early childhood program.

Find the Manual Here

DHHS Child Care Resources 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

Email: nicole.vint@nebraska.gov

Child Care Subsidy Information for Parents website

 

Lakeshore

Primary Contact: Ronne Hineline

Email: rhineline@lakeshorelearning.com

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

Lakeshore website

 

Nebraska Advantage Act

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

Nebraska Advantage Package website

 

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

Description: NBDC helps strengthen Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities. Certified consultants provide confidential, impartial services, and educational opportunities for established and start-up businesses researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals. 

NBDC 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

Email: scotsoradis@nebraskaearly.org

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

 

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: www.education.ne.gov/StepUpToQuality 

SUTQ link to YouTube how to set up an account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHpHN-Igbeg

 

The Learning Child

Description: The Learning Child team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives providing information and resources about early child development.

The Learning Child Website