23 minutes | Feb 19, 2021

9: LB531 – Important Legislation for Nebraska’s Childcare

The quality and availability of childcare is critical for the success of any community. A thriving  childcare industry allows working parents be a part of the local workforce, it creates employment opportunities for childcare providers and educators, and more importantly, quality care shapes the minds and ethics of our youngest citizens - our next generation of workforce and community members. According to a report commissioned by First Five Nebraska, conducted by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's Bureau of Business Research, the lack of childcare costs Nebraskans $745 million per year.  You can access The Bottom Line Report Overview on First Five Nebraska's website: www.FirstFiveNebraska.org On this episode of The Chamber Connection Podcast, we visit with Mike Feeken, Strategic Partnerships Advisor for First Five Nebraska, about the impacts childcare has on local economies and a Legislative Bill (LB531) that was introduced on February 4, 2021 regarding the Nebraska Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Act and the benefits it could create for the Valley County area. For more information on the Loup Valley Childhood Initiative, visit www.LoupValleyChildhoodInitiative.com. 
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