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Ricketts Authorizes State Aid For Empty Daycares

Apr 16, 2020

Nebraska day cares are getting help from the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Pete Ricketts has signed an executive order that allows day cares to be reimbursed by the state, despite the fact that they may currently have no children in their facilities.  The executive order is expected to help keep day cares in business.

A new report says families who want access to high-quality child care in Nebraska may be out of luck depending on where they live or how much they make. The report by the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission says access to child care varies widely, with 11 of the state's 93 counties having no licensed child care facilities. The report also finds a high turnover rate among early childhood care providers, driven in part by low pay. The report says the median wage for early childhood professionals teaching in community-based child care centers was less than $19,000 in 2016.

Salmonella Outbreak At Daycare

Jun 6, 2019

(Douglas County, NE)  --  A salmonella outbreak at a Douglas County daycare is under investigation.  Elite Childcare Academy on John Galt Boulevard has voluntarily closed due to the outbreak.  The Douglas County Health Department says the exact number of affected children isn't known because of the 60-to-72-hour incubation period for Salmonella.  The daycare is planning to reopen on Monday.