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Voices for Children Statement on LB 599

  Following the legislature’s decision to reject LB 599, Voices for Children in Nebraska Executive Director Carolyn Rooker released the following statement. “Voices for Children thanks the members of the legislature who stood with Nebraska students and families to defeat the effort to lower the youth minimum wage. This afternoon’s vote was a victory for [...]

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WIC Works: Program Successes and Nebraska Data

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)  is a proven public benefit program providing nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care and social services to low-income women and their infants and children. The program provides vouchers for nutritious foods to support a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding or nutritious [...]

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Aid to Dependent Children Offers Critical Assistance to Families in Need

  Last week, Governor Ricketts used his administration’s first veto on LB 89, a bill to increase payment rates in the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program and ease a family’s transition off of the program. In order to better understand how this legislation would have helped children, it’s beneficial to examine how ADC works [...]

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Voices for Children’s Statement on Gubernatorial Veto of LB 89

  Omaha – Following Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB 89, Voices for Children’s Executive Director Carolyn Rooker released the following statement. “Voices for Children is deeply disappointed in Governor Pete Ricketts using his administration’s first veto on legislation to help our most vulnerable children.  LB 89 is widely supported legislation that would raise Nebraska’s [...]

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April is National Minority Health Month!

  The CDC and HHS have named April National Minority Health Month. During this month, much attention is put on “raising public awareness about health and healthcare disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity.” Voices for Children began to address the issue of health and race during [...]

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Is Your Senator Listening to the Voters on Minimum Wage?

Click here to contact your senator and ask him or her to oppose LB 599. Last week, the legislature advanced LB 599, which reduces the minimum wage for high school students in Nebraska. There are many policy reasons why this is a bad idea; it hurts working families, it makes college even more unaffordable, and [...]

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Ask Your State Senator to Oppose LB 599

  Let your state senator know that you oppose lowering the minimum wage for Nebraska youth.  This bill would partially undermine the wishes of Nebraska voters by allowing employers to pay a lower minimum wage to high school students.  We are opposed to LB 599 because many young people are using their earnings to contribute [...]

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Do Not Cut Minimum Wage for Young Nebraskans

Click here to contact your state senator about the youth minimum wage. We believe that in Nebraska, hard work should pay.  Our state was fortunate to survive the most recent recession better than many other states across the country. Our unemployment level in 2014 was the lowest it has been since 2008, and it was [...]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which presents an opportunity to consider child welfare issues from a wider context before allegations of maltreatment come about. In 2013, 3,993 Nebraska children were victims of maltreatment (at a rate of about 8.6 per 1,000 children), marking a slight increase from the previous year. Keeping with national [...]

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It’s Time to Close the Opportunity Gap

  The opportunity gap, also known as the education achievement gap is the disparity in academic success between groups of students – groups by race, student ability, family income, etc. A report published by the Center for American Progress – “The Economic Benefits of Closing the Educational Achievement Gaps” aims to explain why closing this gap [...]

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