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2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Health

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book – an annual ranking of states on 16 key indicators of child well-being in the areas of Economic Well-being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. In this year’s Data Book, Nebraska received an overall ranking of…...

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2015 Spotlight Gala Videos

Champion for Children Senator Nordquist Award Video Senator Jeremy Nordquist...

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Reflections on My First Three Weeks at Voices

  My name is Rob Wisler and I have been interning at Voices For Children for three weeks. In that time I have worked on multiple projects, each one giving me a look at issues that children in Nebraska face. These issues include lack of health insurance, juvenile justice, and the…...

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After the Violence, Where Do We Go From Here?

At Voices for Children, we are greatly saddened at the recent, senseless shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, and the targeted killings of the Dallas police. As advocates for kids (and some of us, parents ourselves), we have to ask what kind of country we want our children to…...

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2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Education

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book – an annual ranking of states on 16 key indicators of child well-being in the areas of Economic Well-being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. In this year’s Data Book, Nebraska received an overall ranking of…...

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2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Economic Well-being

Last week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book – an annual ranking of states on 16 key indicators of child well-being in the areas of Economic Well-being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. In this year’s Data Book, Nebraska received an overall ranking of…...

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The Opportunity Gap and “Our Kids”

The opportunity gap — the gap in resources necessary for academic success — remains among the critical challenges facing kids in Nebraska and nationwide. Recently, some Voices for Children staff attended a seminar in Omaha entitled “The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps,” featuring Dr. Robert D. Putnam. Highlighting themes from…...

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Voices for Children Releases 2016 Legislative Scorecard

Since 2012, Voices for Children has produced a scorecard at the end of each legislative biennium, tracking every senator’s votes on a broad range of issues related to kids. Nebraska’s 104th Legislature adjourned in April after the second session of its biennium, and over the course of those two years,…...

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Nebraska receives 9th place ranking of best state to be a kid

We know that Nebraska is a great place to be a kid, and today’s release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book proves that. The data book ranks each state on 16 measures of child well-being, and Nebraska received a 9th place ranking! This report is published…...

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Urge your Member of Congress to put Nebraska’s families first!

Last week, the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) advanced from the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously and its Senate companion bill (S. 3065) was introduced days later. The bipartisan and bicameral proposal would reform federal child welfare funding mechanisms to support prevention efforts and to reduce congregate…...

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