In the 2014-15 school year, 84% of Nebraska school districts offered a state early childhood education program, but only 28% of all school district preschool programs were operating as full-day programs. The lack of access to full-day high-quality prekindergarten in Nebraska leaves too many young children missing out on educational benefits that can close in on the academic achievement gap. Our issue brief explores the expansion of voluntary full-day pre-K programs for 3 and 4-year-olds with new funding supporting programs that meet the quality standards of the Nebraska Department of Education Rule 11.
The Holland Children’s Institute released Future Unknown: The Outlook of Teen Pregnancy in Nebraska. This report was commissioned from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health to investigate and evaluate the social and economic costs and consequences of teen pregnancy in Nebraska. The findings and recommendations provided in this report are intended to inform efforts to reduce the number of Nebraskans who experience inter-generational poverty.