Quality Child Care

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Choosing Quality Childcare

Finding child care in Nebraska may seem like an overwhelming task, but with a little searching, you will be able to choose the right care for your child.  This resource is one tool to help you make the best choice for your family.

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We define childcare as the care and early education of young children by childcare professionals.  

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The most common childcare settings are center-based, in-home, after school, or other types of providers.

Five Areas of Quality Childcare

  • Relationships
  • Health and Safety
  • Curriculum and Approaches To Learning
  • Learning Environment
  • Policies and Administration

Choosing Quality Childcare

Access to Quality Childcare in Rural Communities

What are the Child Care Needs in Rural Nebraska?

When rural communities lack access to affordable, high-quality childcare, there are significant implications for the viability of local economies and the well-being of children, families and their communities. Researchers partnered with rural communities to gain a clearer picture of their childcare needs, challenges, and opportunities. The information gained from this work will be used to help communities find sustainable, long-term solutions to meet the needs of diverse families.

Care Needs in Rural Nebraska Report

Study contact: Holly Hatton-Bowers, Ph.D. hattonb@unl.edu