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Aubrey Mancuso

Access to Affordable Child Care

Access to affordable child care helps keep children safe so parents can work.  Voices for Children supports LB 1088 because it is another step toward restoring the cut made in 2002 to the child care subsidy program, which is a critical work support for low-income parents and children. Even though…...

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Raising the Minimum Wage

Nebraska is a state that values family and work, and increasing our minimum wage is consistent with these values. Parents working full time should be able to meet all of their children’s basic needs without assistance. We recently unveiled the Family Bottom Line report showing data on what Nebraska families…...

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Reading at grade-level

  We know that grade-level reading is critical to student success and students who are unsuccessful in making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn are likely to continue to experience challenges throughout their school years and beyond. In 2012, only 36% of Nebraska 4th graders and…...

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A Reminder on the Legislative Process

  As the 2014 State Legislative Session gets underway, it’s was a good time for a reminder of how the state legislative process works.  The State Legislature’s website a good resource for finding your Senator, learning more about the legislative process, or following the progress of a bill online. Our…...

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An Important Step Forward on Affordable Child Care

Child care is the largest expense in the budget for families with young children.  In 2012, full time care in a child care center for an infant in Nebraska cost an average of $ 7,747 per year.  The child care subsidy program helps low-income working parents afford child care and…...

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On the Outskirts of Hope, 50 Years Later

“Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.  It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or…...

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In Most States, Child Care Still Costs More than College

Last week, Child Care Aware released their annual report on the cost of child care in the United States.  The cost of child care continues to be high with the average annual cost exceeding that of a year in-state college tuition at a public university.  In Nebraska, annual care for…...

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A System of Care for Nebraska

Last week, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services held an initial stakeholder meeting on planning for a “System of Care” for Nebraska kids with behavioral health issues.  Several challenges over the past few years have brought to light the need to better serve Nebraska youth and families facing…...

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Hearing Looks at Nebraska Spending on Low-Income Families

On Friday, the Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look at how Nebraska is spending funds under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. TANF is a federal block grant program to provide short-term help to families in need.  The four federally-established goals of TANF…...

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SNAP Benefits to be Cut November 1st

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, serves as an important buffer against the increasing prevalence of child hunger.  Under the SNAP program, funds are provided to purchase food and the benefit amount is determined by a number of variables including income, family size and…...

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