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Economic Stability

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…...

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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…...

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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,…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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Legislative Resolutions 2015

  While most of our work during the legislative session focuses on legislative bills, we also keep an eye on legislative resolutions with the potential to impact the lives of Nebraska children. Legislative resolutions are formal, written motions that can be adopted by the Legislature. Resolutions can create committees and…...

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