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The National KIDS COUNT Data Book release is right around the corner!

If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report. However, you may not know much about its national counterpart, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Next week will mark the release of the 27th edition of the National KIDS COUNT…...

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Save school meals for Nebraska kids!

Last month, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) advanced from the U.S. House education and Workforce Committee with markups that would significantly change national child nutrition programs for the worse. As this year’s child nutrition reauthorization was being considered by the Committee, we proudly joined…...

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Thank you!

Every year, Voices for Children proudly joins many other Omaha-area nonprofits in Omaha Gives! This year’s 24-hour online giving campaign raised over $8 million and demonstrated our community’s strong commitment to the important work of our local nonprofits. This year, our participation in Omaha Gives raised over $5000 (before matching…...

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Legislature to consider making more schools hunger-free

We all want kids to succeed in the classroom. This week, the Legislature has the opportunity to fuel students’ learning by making more Nebraska schools hunger-free zones through LB 1066, which would include provisions of LB 1004 and LB 1065 through a committee amendment. The underlying bill is the annual technical…...

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Equality Before the Law: Commentary Series Part 7, Final Index Scores and Recommendations

This year’s Kids Count in Nebraska Report featured a commentary debuting our new Index of Race & Opportunity for Nebraska Children. After spending the last 6 weeks introducing the commentary and detailed our methodology, and diving into the 13 indicators by issue area: health, education, economic stability, child welfare and juvenile justice, we…...

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Work and Family Life: Creating a Better Balance

Click here to read our full issue brief, Work and Family Life: Creating a Better Balance. No working parent with a sick child should have to choose between making ends meet at work and taking time off to care for his or her child. Senator Crawford has introduced LB 850, which would…...

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Legislative Update

Today marks the 9th day of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature, and this year’s short 60-day session promises to be an important session for kids and families in our state. In the coming months, the Unicameral will consider many bills impacting child well-being in the areas of child welfare, economic stability,…...

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Making Nebraska’s Schools Hunger Free

As Thanksgiving approaches, we look forward to celebrating the holiday with our families, around a table of everyone’s favorite dishes. But what happens for families that struggle to put food on the table during difficult times? As the poverty rate for Nebraska families remains high, so does food insecurity: according…...

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Community Eligibility Creates a Strong Foundation for Learning

  With the school year underway again, Nebraskans know how important it is to make sure our children have everything they need to succeed in school, and a big part of this is ensuring that all students have the food they need to fuel their learning. Unfortunately, about one in five households…...

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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…...

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