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Hot off the presses! The Kids Count 2013 Report

The 2013 Kids Count in Nebraska Report has arrived at our Voices for Children offices! Even though all of us here have our copies and are delightfully flipping through them already, we cannot wait to share the report with you. We will begin sharing and distributing the report at our…...

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The First 8 Years Policy Report

Yesterday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new policy report “The First Eight Years: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success.” This report highlights the importance of investing in young children during crucial brain development stages to set them up for success later in life. It has been shown…...

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Disparities in health care remain for Nebraska’s children of color

  As most of you know, the government shutdown has come to an end.  That means that Voices for Children once again has access to our much needed data.  With the U.S. Census data back up, we’re getting back to business as usual and investigating children and health insurance in…...

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Children and the Shutdown

On Monday, when we planned the blog posts for the week, we decided that today’s blog post would focus on the new uninsured data from the American Community Survey. On Tuesday morning, I sat down to pull the data from the U.S. Census website and found that the data on…...

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Child poverty down, but racial disparities persist

Last week data-nerds all over the country (including those here at Voices for Children), had a field day as the U.S. Census Bureau released their 2012 (1-year) estimates of poverty from the American Community Survey (ACS). Overall, the child poverty rate in Nebraska decreased slightly — from 18.1% in 2011 down…...

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Kids in the Child Welfare System Reaching Permanency: Where Do They Go?

A permanent, safe and loving home should be the goal for every kid who is served by our child welfare system.  We don’t want kids to be raised by the system, we want the system to help them get to permanency as quickly as possible.  In our post earlier this…...

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The Child Welfare Pyramid by Age

Earlier this week, we discussed the change in Nebraska’s child welfare system and how it has reduced the number of children who are state wards. In the past year, Nebraska has experienced a decline in the number of children who enter the child welfare system as state wards, but the…...

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Child Welfare’s Changing Front Door: The Data

In order to better understand the dramatic drop in the number of Nebraska children entering the child welfare system and becoming state wards,  we have to dive a little deeper into the data.  Two interesting trends pop out when we look a little deeper. By region The Nebraska Department of…...

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A new approach on domestic violence research

  Witnessing domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) is harmful to children.  The popular belief is that women are the victims of IPV and men are the perpetrators.   Yet a comprehensive review of domestic violence research is challenging that notion.  The study suggests that “women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse, as well…...

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Head Start in Nebraska

Earlier this week, we posted about the Head Start evaluation, and how the educational gains are not present into third grade and beyond. Head Start is an important program, and some of the most lasting impacts are found in groups with the greatest need.  In fact “at the end of 3rd grade,…...

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