The Status of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in Nebraska.Report as inadecuate

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This report is the first annual report under the Nebraska legislature's Quality Child Care Act; it provides information on more than the past year to place the programs and services described in context. The report sought to determine the status of child care and early childhood education in Nebraska, recognizing that the younger the child, the more the issues of care and education are intertwined. The report consolidates extensive information about Nebraska Department of Social Services (NDSS) initiatives, Head Start in Nebraska, and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) initiatives. The findings and recommendations for the improvement of early childhood care and education programs and services in Nebraska emphasize the need for early intervention. The report includes the following recommendations: (1) changing the child care licensing statute; (2) increase state funding for NDE-administered early childhood projects; (3) accelerate efforts to broaden several funding bases for early childhood care and education; (4) setting up a system of support for staff training and retain at least current training requirements; (5) retain current kindergarten entrance age; and (6) place responsibility for administering minimum standards for public school-based early childhood and school age care programs including qualifications of staff, with the Nebraska Department of Education. General appendices present the NDSS/NDE Memorandum of Agreement, the Early Childhood Act, the Child Care Act, and the Early Intervention Act. (Contains 24 references.) (DCP)

Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement

Author: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Child Care and Early Childhood Education Coordinating Committee.


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