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New proposal would let cities support early childhood education centers

(MGN)

If working parents can't get childcare, it can be a barrier to better jobs.

That's the argument Senator Dan Quick of Grand Island made as he introduced a bill in the Nebraska Legislature.

He's working with seven others on a bill that would allow cities to use their economic development dollars to provide grants or loans to support early childhood education centers.

"What it would do is promote economic development for early childhood infrastructure, to promote bringing employers or have current employers grow employee base in that community," Quick said.

He said the money could be used to build or buy facilities, or maintain them with a goal of addressing shortages of quality early education programs.

The programs would have to meet a certain quality level to qualify.

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