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Almost One in Five Nebraska Children Living in Poverty

We are diving into the data working on some charts and graphs with the newly released American Community Survey Data for later today.  In the meantime, here is the press release we sent to the media this morning: 9/22/2011 CONTACT: Aubrey Mancuso, Economic Policy Coordinator Phone:  (402) 597-3100 Email:  amancuso@voicesforchildren.com…...

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To privatize, or not to privatize

  To privatize, or not to privatize – that isn’t the question. Hopefully Shakespeare will forgive us for misusing his famous soliloquy, but we couldn’t come up with a better way to summarize our reaction to recent coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile services reform…...

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Step Up for Kids

In these financially uncertain times, it is our job to Step Up and tell our policy makers to make sure that the needs of all Nebraska kids are being met. Join us for the 2011 Step Up for Kids Rally on Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00 pm on the North…...

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Voices Goes West, Days 2 and 3

What a whirlwind pair of days in Scottsbluff! First up Tuesday was the LR 37 hearing (for more on the hearing check out the story in the Scottsbluff Star Herald).  Incredible stories from all of the public testifiers.  A lot of people from the community came out to share their…...

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More children losing health insurance

It’s slightly nerdy to be saying this, but here in the Voices for Children research department, we’ve been looking forward to today’s release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) for awhile now. Today isn’t just a great excuse to make some charts and graphs, though. It’s also…...

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Voices Goes West, Day 1

Voices for Children is heading out to Scottsbluff and back this week on a whirlwind tour of video shoots, legislator meetings and getting to know some of the people who work everyday to improve the lives of kids.  So far today, we’ve driven 276 miles, stopped in Kearney for a…...

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You say goodbye and I say hello

A big step toward making it easier to educate and motivate everyday Nebraskans to improve the lives of children is providing current, timely information about the policies and programs that serve kids.  We’re launching a new website to bring you the very best research, news and policy information each and…...

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Fiscal Audit Highlights Lack of Leadership, Transparency in Child Welfare Reform

The state auditor released a fiscal audit today, as part of a legislative interim study assessing Nebraska’s recent child welfare reform initiative, LR 37. The fiscal audit obtained financial records from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the current lead contractors, KVC and the Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC),…...

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STOP Child Poverty

    Child poverty is at its highest point in a decade – and still likely rising due to the recession. Growing up in poverty effects kids for life.  Kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to go hungry, less likely to have health insurance, and are less…...

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2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Voices for Children in Nebraska  is pleased to join the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book outreach partner. The annual Data Book is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. Please visit the Data Book home page…...

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