Coronavirus Resources and Updates
We’re committed to working on policy changes that will bring about the systemic changes that we need to support Nebraska kids. The crisis is a fast-changing situation, and we’ll do our best to update this page with new resources and ways to get involved.
NE kids missing out on $7+ million in pandemic food assistance each month
Last month, Governor Ricketts announced that DHHS would be the only state in the country to stop participating in EA for the month of August. In addition, despite calls from advocates to re-open the P-EBT application to families who missed the deadline for spring semester school closures, DHHS has not re-opened thee application.
2020 Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecard
We present our fourth Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecard—a complete accounting of how senators voted when it came to pro-kid policies during the 106th Nebraska Legislature.
The Focus Is on Nebraska Children in New COVID-19 Data Hub
Recognizing the clear need for information about how the coronavirus has affected the lives of Nebraskans, Voices for Children in Nebraska is unveiling a new project, the Nebraska COVID-19 Data Hub to share insights about how children and families have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2019 Kids Count in Nebraska Report is Here!
What does the data tell us about discipline in Nebraska schools? Find out by reading the 2019 Kids Count in Nebraska Report! Order yours today.
For thirty-three years and counting, Voices for Children in Nebraska has used data and research to help policy makers and communities make informed decisions on issues impacting our next generation in the areas of health, child welfare, economic stability, and juvenile justice.
Voices for Children in Nebraska is the independent voice building pathways to opportunity for all children and families through research, policy, and community engagement.
We will engage the public and state leaders to build systems removing obstacles and promoting opportunities for all children to lead healthy, secure, and fulfilling lives.
Informed research drives our direction. When a policy is good, we support it; when it is harmful, we fight it; when it is missing, we can create it. Community engagement is how we promote systems change.
Data and Research
The 2019 Kids Count in Nebraska Report provides pertinent information on the well-being of all children in areas of health, education, economic stability, and juvenile justice. This year’s report contains a special commentary on school discipline in Nebraska.
The 2019 Kids Count in Nebraska Report is also available on the Kids Count NEteractive, a searchable, easy-to-navigate resource optimized for use on the go.
Children are our state’s greatest resource, and the decisions our leaders make about them impact our collective future. Our policy priorities are guided by research, data, and proven best practices that improve child well-being. We pay close attention to the impact of race, socioeconomic status, and geography, and seek to remove barriers to opportunity within these areas: