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Health

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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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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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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Medicaid is Good for Kids, Good for Families, and Good for Nebraska

  We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy, and to have a chance to succeed. Moms and dads want to attend their kids’ high school and college graduations, and to later cheer on their entry into exciting new careers. Making sure that children have access to…...

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2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Health

  Children’s health is the foundation for overall development and the steps toward becoming a happy, healthy adult. Consistent, preventive health care gives children the best chance to grow up to be productive adults. Conversely, poor health in childhood impacts other critical aspects of a child’s life, like school readiness…...

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Medicaid at 50

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the act that created the Medicaid program.  Today, Medicaid serves as a critical health safety net for low-income elderly people, people with disabilities, children, and some very low-income parents — all of whom face challenges in accessing insurance through…...

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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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