Nebraska Awarded $4 Million Preschool Development Grant

Lincoln, Neb. – On December 19, 2022, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) was one of 21 states/territories to receive an award notification of a $4 million Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) one-year planning grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The grant awarded funds to support early childhood services for children from birth to age five in the areas of needs assessment, strategic planning, family engagement, quality improvement, workforce compensation and supports, and services for young children.

The newly awarded planning grant will build on the important work the state has initiated through its PDG B-5 Initial and Renewal Grants over the past four years and will continue its focus on the state’s most vulnerable populations, which in Nebraska includes children in many rural communities. The state is working hard to expand access to high-quality services families want and need.

Nebraska’s implementation of the PDG B-5 has included a strong commitment to stakeholder engagement, one that will continue in the newly awarded planning grant. The state has the capacity and leadership needed to be successful with each PDG B-5 activity and is committed to detailed timelines and milestones aimed at strengthening the multi-delivery system, developing high-quality childcare programs, and increasing access while continuing to assess the needs of children and families across the state.

DHHS, in cooperation with statewide childcare partners, will work diligently in the delivery of PDG B-5 programming and services to take child care to the next level for all Nebraska children and families. For more information regarding the PDG B-5 Grant, click here.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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