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Sixpence Grants New Awards

The Sixpence Board of Trustees awarded funding to eleven districts throughout the State of Nebraska. The new allocations will enable communities to create additional high-quality early childhood programs to help serve their most vulnerable infants and toddlers.

The new grants were made possible through a funding increase for Sixpence proposed in LB342 by Senator John Stinner of Gering, Appropriations Committee chair. The proposal was subsequently incorporated into the state's mainline budget bill, allocating an additional $2.5 million per year to Sixpence.

“The pandemic has put enormous pressure on our state’s early childhood system,” said Senator John Stinner (District 48) of Gering. “In turn, that puts enormous pressure on the families who are responsible for raising the next generation of Nebraskans. Sixpence offsets some of those pressures by making quality childcare and family engagement services more available to help parents guide the early development of their youngest kids.” 

New Sites: O'Neill Public Schools, North Platte Public Schools, Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools, Walthill Public School, Red Cloud Community Schools, Kearney Public Schools, Weeping Water Public Schools, Conestoga Public Schools, South Sioux City Public Schools, and Blair Community Schools.