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Sixpence: Nebraska Early Childhood Endowment Fund

Feb 9, 2016

Financing resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

In 2006, the Nebraska Legislature stepped up to the challenge of ensuring that more of Nebraskas youngest, most vulnerable children would arrive at school ready to learn by establishing the Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Grant Program.

The Endowment was built upon an innovative system of matching public-private investments that enabled each $1 private contribution to ultimately yield $6 in blended funds”hence the name Sixpence, from the beloved nursery rhyme. Earnings from the endowment are primarily granted to school districts and their community partners to provide high-quality center- and home-based programs for infants and toddlers most at risk of failure in school.

A Board of Trustees representing public and private interests approves Sixpence grants. Nebraska Children and Families Foundation administers the grants and provides technical assistance to grantees to enable them to consistently meet the high standards of quality Sixpence demands. Sixpence programs regularly undergo a rigorous evaluation process by researchers at Munroe-Meyer Institute (UNMC) to measure child outcomes and ensure ongoing accountability for Nebraskas public-private investment. Encouraged by the success of Sixpence in improving childrens preparedness to learn and achieve in Nebraska schools, the state legislature approved additional Sixpence investments in 2013. Sixpence has grown to serve infants and toddlers in 25 communities across the state through a mix of center-based and family-engagement (home-based) models.

For more information: http://www.singasongofsixpence.org

Updated January 2016

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