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The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act: Investing in the Future

Here in Nebraska, we know that the social and financial costs of the juvenile justice system are not insignificant. Incarceration rates in our state are the 4th highest in the country — and have been increasing while national rates have fallen. Nevertheless, promising steps forward have been made recently in the…...

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Home Visiting Programs in Nebraska

While the budget debate heats up in Washington, federal funds for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) are set to quietly expire this September if Congress fails to reauthorize the program. Since 2010, MIECHV has helped many families in Nebraska by supporting intensive home visiting programs targeted at…...

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Children and the Government Shutdown: Spotlight on School Lunch

 As the country awaits news on whether the government shutdown will end before causing further damage to the economy, program administrators in states all over the country watch their budgets closely to see how much longer they can sustain programs without federal funding. Last week, the Nebraska Department of Education…...

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Children and the Government Shutdown: Spotlight on WIC

The federal government shutdown is now entering the second week.  While furloughed workers and the larger economy continue to feel the immediate impact,  Nebraskans wait to see when and if the shutdown will impact programs for lower income children. In particular, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program is at…...

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Children and the Shutdown

On Monday, when we planned the blog posts for the week, we decided that today’s blog post would focus on the new uninsured data from the American Community Survey. On Tuesday morning, I sat down to pull the data from the U.S. Census website and found that the data on…...

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SNAP and CHIP: When it comes to children, there’s no room for debate

While the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week told us the story of how much still needs to be done for the 17.9% of Nebraskan children living in poverty, the U.S. House of Representatives took steps to unravel recent gains made towards advancing the well-being of children…...

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SNAP Hangs in the Balance as Congress Readies for Vacation

Each year  both the House and the Senate generally take what’s known as the “August recess” — a chance to spend some time on vacation or back in their home state or district.  Unfortunately, this year Congress will be leaving Washington with an important piece of unfinished business. The Supplemental…...

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Shout out: Immigration advocates

At Voices for Children, our work focuses on bigger picture policy change for kids, but we know there are people on the ground doing amazing things for kids in our communities every day.  Their stories are the pieces that make up the whole story of children and youth.  The “Shout…...

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Meet FERPA, the HIPAA of education records

Child welfare agencies across the country are responsible for the well-being of more than half a million children. Unfortunately, children and youth in foster care are the most educationally at-risk of all student populations. Due placement interruptions and the school transfers that tend to follow, only about 54% of foster…...

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A Game Changer for Kids

In 2011, about 2,000 kids dropped out of Nebraska high schools.   Also in 2011, a staggering 64% of Nebraska third graders weren’t reading at grade level.  What do these two things have to do with each other?  More and more research has found that the line that kids cross —…...

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