Elevating Early Childhood to raise opportunities for all children.

Lincoln Littles Early Childhood Fund

Lincoln Littles, through the Lincoln Community Foundation, grants funds to pre-qualified early-childhood programs (homes and centers) who participate in Step Up to Quality and are at a step 2 or higher. Early-childhood programs then use these funds to provide tuition assistance for families who cannot afford some or all of the tuition. The child care providers determine how many children they will serve and what tuition assistance is needed for each child. Click here to see if your early-childhood program is eligible.







Lincoln Early Childhood Network – Nurturing every child on the path to success

The Lincoln Early Childhood Network is part of the community-wide initiative called Prosper Lincoln, born of thousands of community ideas about how to make Lincoln thrive and prosper.

Step Up to Quality

High-quality early childhood programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Step Up to Quality helps early child care providers and educators recognize and improve quality.

Programs enrolled in Step Up to Quality have access to coaching and resources that help them on their path to higher quality. These resources enable any provider or educator –– big or small –– to take quality to the next level.

Visit Step Up to Quality’s website.

COVID-19 Resources for child care providers


Many Nebraska organizations have worked together to create a list of resources for child care providers to help them through the pandemic. Resources include CARES Act funding, physical and mental health, cleaning and disinfectants, professional development and more. Click here for the list of resources.