Nebraska's new Preschool Development Grant (PDG) award will help strengthen reach, efficiency and coordination of early childhood programs throughout the state, which will be key in allowing parents to remain fully engaged in the workforce as we look ahead to rebuilding our state's economy.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced May 13 that Nebraska has been awarded a Preschool Development Birth through Five renewal grant
from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Nebraska will receive $8.9 million for each of the next three years. The grant award is matched by $2.7 million annually in existing state and private funds.
First Five Nebraska was one of several organizations who developed the state's grant application. Jason Prokop, director of First Five Nebraska, said the PDG grant coincides with increased public attention on the importance of early childhood programs in Nebraska's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Nebraska's economic recovery efforts are fundamentally connected to the strength of our early childhood system," said Prokop. "Absent a robust, well-coordinated and quality-focused child care network, Nebraska's working parents will face even more hurdles to remain fully engaged in the workforce, provide for their families and help rebuild the state economy."