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Statewide Family Leave Would Strengthen Nebraska’s Families, Kids and Businesses






  We all benefit when our state’s families are strong, and our children receive the care they need after birth. To do this, parents need time to bond with their children and adjust to the associated life changes that come with a new child, free from the financial stress of missed work hours. Unfortunately, few […]

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Fewer Nebraska Children Living in Poverty






  Children and families being able to meet their basic needs is imperative to the overall well-being and success of our state’s future leaders and workforce. Nebraska families must be able to achieve financial security and our policies should support them in building a strong future for their children. One way to measure economic success […]

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It’s Why It Matters






For over 28 years, Voices for Children in Nebraska has been the outspoken, independent voice for Nebraska’s kids.  As we move closer to our annual Spotlight Gala on September 19, we’re taking a look inside our organization to show you how we create opportunities for children to reach their full potential.  In the final part of our […]

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Happy Grandparents Day!

Happy Grandparents Day!






This week, we are celebrating Grandparents Day! Grandparents are an important part of many families, and they are especially important to the 2.6 million American children who live in homes where a grandparent is their primary caregiver. Living arrangements with grandparents arise for a variety of reasons, such as financial hardship, illness or death, or substance […]

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Lack of Paid Leave Creates Particular Challenges for Working Families






The American Dream tells us that if we work hard, we will be prosperous enough to feel secure. This dream may be more elusive for mothers who are seeking family leave from work. Workplaces that offer paid family leave, where the employee receives at least some compensation for time at home with a newborn or […]

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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Family and Community






  Children who live in nurturing families and are part of supportive communities have better social-emotional and learning outcomes. When communities have strong institutions and the resources to provide safety, good schools and quality support services, families and their children are more likely to thrive. Parents struggling with financial hardship are more prone to stress […]

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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Economic Well-being






Last week the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2015 Kids Count Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and providing state rankings. Typically, Nebraska fares quite well in the report, with rankings near the top every year. This year our state ranked number 10, meaning that children in Nebraska have higher measures of well-being than 80% […]

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Nebraska 10th in the US in Child Well-being






  It comes as no surprise that once again, Nebraska is ranked as the 10th best state in the nation in child well-being according to the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. This report is published each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It looks at 16 indicators of child well-being in 4 sections: economic […]

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The National KIDS COUNT Data Book 2014 Refresher






  If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report, but you may not know much about the national report.  Next week will mark the release of the 26th edition of the National KIDS COUNT Data Book. The National Data Book takes data from all 50 states, compares […]

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TANF Participation Declining Despite Rising Poverty Levels






  Enacted as part of the 1996 “welfare reform”, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF), is one of various public assistance programs designed to assist low-income families in meeting their basic needs.  It is also an important tool for keeping families together and keeping kids out of the child welfare system.  While the […]

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