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Education

Voices for Children Supports LB 281 and Making Higher Education More Accessible

Click Here for Voices for Children’s Entire LB 281 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support of LB 281, the Child Support for College Savings Act....

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Where Nebraska Stands on Assets and Opportunity for its Citizens

  Each year, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) releases a scorecard on how individual states are serving their citizens in creating assets and opportunity, and compares state data to the United States as a whole. In 2015, CFED scorecard data shows that Nebraska ranked 17th for overall outcome and…...

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Voices for Children Supports LB380

Click Here to Read Voices for Children’s Entire LB380 Testimony This afternoon, Voices for Children Economic Stability and Health Policy Coordinator Aubrey Mancuso testified in support for LB380, which would establish the Higher Education Affordability Commission. The purposes of the committee include the creation of a ten year plan to address college…...

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2014 Kids Count in Nebraska Report

  The 22nd edition of the Kids Count in Nebraska Report continues to offer a visually-oriented look that brings data to life and makes finding information quick and easy. This year’s report also incorporates a few changes to help us tell the whole story of Nebraska’s kids....

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Race Matters in Educational Opportunity

The “Opportunity Gap” in education continues to be pervasive and difficult to address in Nebraska. As shown in our 2013 Kids Count, Black and Hispanic children have lower levels of proficiency in both Math and Reading compared to their White counterparts.  Although most of us are aware of these discrepancies,…...

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Impact of State Tax Changes on Children and Families

Collective investments in things like roads, schools, and parks are critical components of a thriving community.   These things wouldn’t be possible without revenue to make these investments and that revenue comes from taxes.  Many have seen or heard about the recent income tax cuts that Kansas has made, resulting…...

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New Report Shows Progress and Needs on Child Care

Child care assistance helps ensure that kids are safe so parents can work. Ideally, our child care systems and programs should also help ensure that children are being prepared for K-12 education.  Last week, the National Women’s Law Center released a new report looking at state level policies for child…...

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Time to Move Forward with Child Care Update

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the most significant source of funding for providing child care assistance to working families to help ensure kids are safe so parents can work. For families with young children, child care has become the largest expense in the family budget and…...

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

It’s already September! Across the country, communities, school districts, and nonprofits are marking Attendance Awareness Month. The research is pretty clear: missing lots of school, for any reason, can cause children to fall behind academically and put them at increased risk of dropping out or delaying graduation. In January of…...

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2014 National Kids Count Series: Education

Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book highlighting state trends in child well-being and celebrating their 25th edition of the book by going back to 1990 and looking at changes in America’s children since then.  Voices for Children in Nebraska is featuring a series…...

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