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Aubrey Mancuso

New Report Shows Progress and Needs on Child Care

Child care assistance helps ensure that kids are safe so parents can work. Ideally, our child care systems and programs should also help ensure that children are being prepared for K-12 education.  Last week, the National Women’s Law Center released a new report looking at state level policies for child…...

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Putting Families First: How Paid Leave Helps Families Succeed

With the changing nature of the workforce, it’s getting more and more challenging to balance the demands of the jobs we need and the families we love. States around the country are starting to take the lead on establishing policies that promote more family-friendly workplaces and both businesses and families…...

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Time to Move Forward with Child Care Update

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the most significant source of funding for providing child care assistance to working families to help ensure kids are safe so parents can work. For families with young children, child care has become the largest expense in the family budget and…...

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Will Nebraska Move Forward on Hunger-Free Schools?

Earlier this year, we mentioned Community Eligibility as a new option for providing school meals in a way that makes high-poverty schools hunger-free zones.  Ensuring that children aren’t hungry in school can help them be better prepared for their primary job of learning.  Community Eligibility allows eligible schools to serve…...

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What Paul Ryan Got Wrong — and Right — on Poverty

Last week, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin revealed a new plan to address the growing numbers of Americans living in poverty.  In 2012, 15 percent of Americans, or about 46.5 million people, were living poverty and the percentage of children was even higher at about 20 percent.  In Nebraska, there are…...

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2014 Spotlight Gala Awards — Nonprofit

ConAgra Foods Foundation has been selected to receive the 2014 Spotlight Gala Award for Non-Profits. ConAgra Foods Foundation has been selected for their commitment to ending child hunger.  The Foundation has worked to address child hunger for over 20 years and has recently launched a new effort to end hunger…...

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Checking in on the American Dream

As we approach the long holiday weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, we thought it might be a good time to reflect on  what is often called the “American Dream.”  There are different definitions for the American Dream, but a key component of any definition has to do with…...

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Policies Need to be Updated to Support Working Families

Today, the majority of children in Nebraska and nationwide live in families where both parents work. Several generations ago, this was not the case.  It used to be that most families had one parent in the workforce while the other stayed home to raise the kids.  Times have changed and…...

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Saving the Middle Class

A thriving middle class is a key component of a strong economy and there are growing indications that America’s middle class is shrinking.  A recent look at how the median wealth of American families compares with that of other countries shows that we rank 19th on that measure when compared…...

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Dads Value Paternity Leave

As Father’s Day approaches, a new report provides some insight into how fathers view paternity leave.   A survey found that a significant majority —  89%  — of fathers believe that it is important for employers to provide paternity leave.  The survey also found that the majority of  fathers —…...

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