DHHS Statement Regarding Proposed Changes to Child Care Licensure Standards

News Release
For Immediate Release: 6/2/2021

Khalilah LeGrand, (402) 471-9313,


LINCOLN – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) appreciates the feedback from recent public hearings that addressed proposed changes to group size at licensed child care facilities.  The purpose of allowing public comment is at the very core of why these types of forums are so invaluable to serving Nebraskans.  At this time, the State will suspend implementing these proposed changes.   

In the coming months, DHHS will continue to evolve in its understanding of the impact of the pandemic on child care providers and child care availability, capacity and access.  DHHS will partner with child care providers to continue to chart our path forward.  This will allow DHHS the opportunity to have greater dialogue with the provider community as we work collaboratively to ultimately ensure a collective approach towards a best in class model.

CEO Dannette R. Smith said, “We value child care providers, the children in their care and those who entrust their children to them.  We appreciate this opportunity to strengthen and enhance our child care system here in Nebraska and look forward to improving our systems and developing innovative solutions, especially because of all we experienced and learned in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic."  

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