Report | April 30, 2019

Child Care in Nebraska and National Security

How greater access to high-quality child care in Nebraska can help improve military readiness

Our national security depends on qualified young adults who are ready, willing, and able to serve in the U.S. military. However, educational deficits, health issues, and behavior problems currently prevent 71 percent of Nebraska youth from qualifying for service.

There is scientific consensus that brain development from birth-to-age-5 sets the stage for children’s future success. Seventy-two percent of children under the age of 6 in Nebraska have all available parents working, and many of these children are not in high-quality child care.

The most important mission is ensuring that our youngest children are given every opportunity to grow into healthy, successful adults.

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jim Partington, U.S. Navy

Without improvements to the child care system, our nation risks an even smaller recruiting pool in the future.

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