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New Report Examines Longitudinal Data on Participation in Public Programs

Public programs are intended to provide a temporary safety net for struggling families.  A report recently released by the United States Census Bureau takes a look at the characteristics and participation rates of individuals who utilize public programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income…...

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Legislative Update: Sine Die 2015

Last week, the 2015 Legislative Session officially came to a close.  With 18 new Senators, this year brought a lot of changes and we are pleased to say that it also resulted in progress for Nebraska kids and families.  This year, Voices for Children testified on 47 different bills and…...

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Race Matters Update and Next Steps

A big and long overdue thank you to all of those who attended the statewide Race Matters conference held in December 2014 hosted by Voices for Children in Nebraska in conjunction with  the Partners for Race and Equity in Nebraska. The objective of the conference was to utilize data from our 2014…...

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2015 Spotlight Gala Benefiting Voices for Children

Click here for more information on the 2015 Spotlight Gala. Voices for Children is excited to announce our annual Spotlight Gala will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.  Each year, we look forward to telling the stories of those who are making a difference…...

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OPS Schools Recognized for Being Hunger-free

  We know that hunger can be a barrier to learning, and we have previously mentioned on the blog that schools that have a significant portion of low-income students now have the option of becoming hunger-free zones by serving free meals to all enrolled kids.  In the first year that…...

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Support Nebraska’s Kids During Omaha Gives!

  Today is Omaha Gives, the Omaha Community Foundation’s annual 24 hour charitable challenge to non-profits. Omaha Gives is a day when your donation can go further by helping us compete in a friendly competition with other non-profits for drawings, prizes, and bonus dollars. Last year, more than 18,000 people raised…...

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Tax Credits for Working Families Alleviate Poverty and Create Work Incentives

  Government programs designed to support struggling families are crucial to ensuring that the needs of all children are met. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) have been effective and powerful tools for reducing child poverty across the nation. These tax credits – both federal…...

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We’re One Week Away from Omaha Gives!

We’re less than a week away from Omaha Gives, a day when your donation can go further by helping us compete in a friendly competition with other non-profits for drawings, prizes, and bonus dollars. On Wednesday, May 20 the Omaha Community Foundation will be having its annual 24 hour charitable…...

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Voices for Children Statement on LB 599

  Following the legislature’s decision to reject LB 599, Voices for Children in Nebraska Executive Director Carolyn Rooker released the following statement. “Voices for Children thanks the members of the legislature who stood with Nebraska students and families to defeat the effort to lower the youth minimum wage. This afternoon’s…...

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Aid to Dependent Children Offers Critical Assistance to Families in Need

  Last week, Governor Ricketts used his administration’s first veto on LB 89, a bill to increase payment rates in the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program and ease a family’s transition off of the program. In order to better understand how this legislation would have helped children, it’s beneficial…...

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