The early care and education system is very important for all of Nebraska.  Consider the following, from early Childhood in Nebraska:

The Importance of Early Childhood Education:

In Nebraska:

Nebraska has one of the highest percentages of working families, and over 70% of the parents of children under the age of 5 are employed full time.  About 80,000 children are in child care every day in this state, so early care and education is an issue that affects most Nebraskans.  The Midwest Child Care Study (2003) shows that only 37% of the state’s child care is considered good – the rest is considered poor to minimal.

Research resources on the importance of high quality early care and education:

Nebraska/Midwest information: