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National School Lunch Week

This week, we are joining President Obama, schools, communities, and advocates across the nation in celebrating National School Lunch Week. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was created 70 years ago as lawmakers recognized that child nutrition, particularly throughout the school day, was a top national priority. Most importantly, the…...

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Voices Releases 2016 Vote Kids Candidate Survey

Child policy issues often receive little discussion within campaigns and elections. This is not because candidates and the public do not care about the issues. They do. But child policy issues often do not lend themselves to simple sound bites. They are not considered “hot button” issues that shape many…...

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Proposed Update to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has proposed a long overdue update to the federal regulations under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), last reauthorized in 2002. The JJDPA sets four core requirements for state juvenile justice systems in order to ensure safety and equal treatment for youth. The core…...

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The search is on for the 2016 Kids Count cover kids!

Think the kids in your life have what it takes to be a Kids Count cover kid?  Submit your photos today! We want kids of all ages – from infants to teens and everything in between. We want photos of kids being kids – running, playing, laughing, or just hanging out –…...

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Call to Action: Urge Your U.S. Senator to Put Families First Today!

The passage of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act would be a momentous victory for children and families both nationally in Nebraska. The bill would allow federal dollars to be invested in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, while also enhancing supports for family-like placements and for older…...

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Neighborhood Opportunity in Nebraska

Child development and well-being is influenced not only by a child’s home environment but also by the neighborhood in which he/she lives. Neighborhoods vary in the resources they provide, such as in school quality, parks and other public spaces, child care centers, and health care availability. Additionally, poverty rates, adult…...

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2016 Spotlight Gala: Live Auction Preview

Browse through some of our live auction packages! These and much more will be available at the Spotlight Gala next Saturday, September 24. The live auction is just part of the fun of the evening! There will also be a hosted cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, and the 2016 Spotlight Gala awards ceremony, where…...

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78,000 Nebraska Children Living in Poverty

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2015 American Community Survey. We at Voices rely heavily on this annual data to help us track the current state of Nebraska children. One of the key data points that is part of this set is annual poverty estimates. Our…...

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Spotlight Series: The Young Nebraskans in Action Program

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices has highlighted the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We conclude our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Nonprofit…...

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TANF Asset Limits Provide a Barrier to Financial Stability

Programs such as Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) should provide support to families as they work toward financial independence. Structured properly, these programs can greatly benefit children and their families. However, programs do not always function as effectively as they could. A recent…...

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