Employers and economists agree that upholding our state’s commitment to healthy development and education of young children is a key strategy for local and statewide economic growth. Dividends Nebraska is an association of business leaders who understand that high-quality early care and learning opportunities attract jobs and anchor talent in our communities, improve the productivity of our current workforce and prepare the next generation of Nebraskans to keep our state strong and thriving in the decades ahead.
Our membership represents the interests and perspectives of Nebraska agriculture, banking and finance, legal services, architecture and construction, transportation, retail, information technology, marketing, media, utilities, health care, chambers of commerce and economic development corporations.
A successful investment strategy depends not only on knowing where to invest, but also when. Neuroscientific evidence and economic analysis show human capital investments in the healthy cognitive, emotional and social development of young children deliver the strongest dollar-for-dollar returns to individuals and society—as much as $13 for each dollar committed.
Nebraska's economic competitiveness depends on its ability to field a world-class workforce and cultivate a healthy environment for new and existing business. Quality early care and learning for young children strengthens our current and future talent pool, increases the marketability of our communities and generates economic opportunity for our state.
Nebraska's business community is uniquely positioned to shape the conversation about the role of early care and learning in shaping our state's economic trajectory. Dividends Nebraska enables business leaders to weigh in on public policy, educate their peers about the economics of early childhood and engage with efforts at the state and local levels to grow a more prosperous Nebraska.