Nebraska Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Nebraska or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Nebraska Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Nebraska, and they are responsible for subsidizing child care programs from federal and state child care grants. Visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R.

Shared Services Organizations

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations to learn more about their services. Visit Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative

NAEYC Regional Affiliates

Join your local NAEYC affiliate to connect with professionals in your community at conferences, networking events, leadership opportunities, advocacy efforts and more. Visit Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children (NEAEYC).

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Nebraska Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Nebraska early learning standards: child care licensing requirements in Nebraska

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Nebraska: Nebraska early learning standards

Nebraska Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Step Up to Quality.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Nebraska state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Nebraska

Understanding the cost of child care in Nebraska is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Nebraska
Parents in Nebraska pay an average of $12,220 a year on child care services.

Child Care Affordability in Nebraska

In Nebraska, child care services cost more than both rent and college tuition. The median household spends 12% of their total income on child care services for a single child.

More Information on Nebraska Child Care

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services helps connect parents with accessible child care facilities in their communities. Child care providers can find information about licensing, child care grants and subsidy programs for Nebraska residents.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.