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Spotlight Series: The Honorable Douglas F. Johnson

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices will highlight the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Individual Award…...

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Hello from the New LVC Policy and Research Associate

I am Caitlin Scaife and I am excited to being working with Voices for Children as the new Policy and Research Associate through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I graduated from Grinnell College in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. During my time at…...

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Spotlight Series: Ann Coyne, Ph.D.

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices will highlight the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Lifetime…...

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Spotlight Series: Senator Ben and Diane Nelson

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices will highlight the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We begin our special Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Honorary Family:…...

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2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Family and Community

In June, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book – an annual ranking of states on 16 key indicators of child well-being in the areas of Economic Well-being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. In this year’s Data Book, Nebraska received an overall ranking of…...

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Signing Off: A Volunteer’s Look Back on a Meaningful Year

Throughout my Lutheran Volunteer Corps service year in Omaha with Voices for Children in Nebraska, I have found meaning in joining Voices for Children’s work to make the state a better place for children and families through policy advocacy. Here, my main focus has been on economic stability issues, centered on the idea that…...

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2015 Spotlight Gala Videos

Champion for Children Senator Nordquist Award Video Senator Jeremy Nordquist...

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After the Violence, Where Do We Go From Here?

At Voices for Children, we are greatly saddened at the recent, senseless shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, and the targeted killings of the Dallas police. As advocates for kids (and some of us, parents ourselves), we have to ask what kind of country we want our children to…...

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The Opportunity Gap and “Our Kids”

The opportunity gap — the gap in resources necessary for academic success — remains among the critical challenges facing kids in Nebraska and nationwide. Recently, some Voices for Children staff attended a seminar in Omaha entitled “The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps,” featuring Dr. Robert D. Putnam. Highlighting themes from…...

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Voices for Children Releases 2016 Legislative Scorecard

Since 2012, Voices for Children has produced a scorecard at the end of each legislative biennium, tracking every senator’s votes on a broad range of issues related to kids. Nebraska’s 104th Legislature adjourned in April after the second session of its biennium, and over the course of those two years,…...

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