News from First Five Nebraska
August 2017


Our vision is that all Nebraska children begin kindergarten with the experience they need to become successful students and productive citizens.  


Children may have mixed feelings about beginning kindergarten. Here are 5 tips to help families prepare for a successful start. Try reading Wemberly Worried by Kevin Hankes, and then talk about what Wemberly learns about school. 

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  • Boys Town National Research Hospital, recognized for more than 40 years for hearing research, education and clinical care, will broaden its communication research to include language learning and development for all children. Read More 
  • Dividends Nebraska: Strong writing skills almost always begin with strong reading and executive function skills early in life, very relevant to workforce success. Read More 
  • Check out 7 things parents and caregivers can do to help motivate their children to learn. 

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State Advisory Council Presents Governor Ricketts With Report on Status of Nebraska Early Childhood Programs 

Nebraska's Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC) presented its report on the status of the state's early childhood programs and their recommendations to Governor Ricketts. Recommendations included support for parents and families, a focus on infants and toddlers, building a workforce that's knowledgeable about child development and using coordinated data to make effective decisions.  

The ECICC is a collaborative, advisory body comprised of parents, experienced early childhood professionals and state agency representatives. It is charged with informing policies and services that affect the health, well-being and developmental outcomes of young children in Nebraska. 

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Parents' anxiety or apprehension can easily influence their children through a mechanism early childhood researchers call "social referencing." Here are some ideas for parents to consider as they send children off to preschool or kindergarten this month.    

Harvard University researchers are embarking on a longitudinal study to learn how informal and formal child care environments affect how children learn and grow. 

Nursery rhymes are good for the brain. Not only does the repetition of rhymes and stories teach children how language works, it also builds memory capabilities that can be applied to all sorts of activities.