LB485, passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2021, changed the income eligibility requirement for child care subsidy from 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 185% FPL and changed transitional child care from 185% FPL to 200% FPL, allowing more families the opportunity to enroll in the child care subsidy program. The legislation also requires the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) to collaborate with a nonprofit to study the impact of the changes. First Five Nebraska and partners are conducting this impact study.
We will be talking to parents and guardians, child care providers and community members about the impact of changes to the child care subsidy. This form is for parents and guardians who are interested in participating in discussions to help us understand the impact of subsidy changes from their perspective. You do not have to be currently enrolled in the child care subsidy program to participate. We want to hear from families with a range of experiences with the child care subsidy program, including those who are currently enrolled and receiving child care, enrolled but do not have a current provider, previously enrolled, or who have applied but were not eligible.
If interest in these conversations exceeds our ability to have in-depth conversations in the allotted time, we will select participants at random within categories that represent the broad range of experiences of families, such as experience with the child care subsidy program and area of the state.
To participate, you must be at least 19 years old and be willing to provide us with contact information for scheduling. All information shared in this sign-up will remain confidential.