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Elizabeth Clapp

The Opportunity Gap and “Our Kids”

The opportunity gap — the gap in resources necessary for academic success — remains among the critical challenges facing kids in Nebraska and nationwide. Recently, some Voices for Children staff attended a seminar in Omaha entitled “The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps,” featuring Dr. Robert D. Putnam. Highlighting themes from…...

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Voices for Children Releases 2016 Legislative Scorecard

Since 2012, Voices for Children has produced a scorecard at the end of each legislative biennium, tracking every senator’s votes on a broad range of issues related to kids. Nebraska’s 104th Legislature adjourned in April after the second session of its biennium, and over the course of those two years,…...

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We’re Hiring: Summer Law Clerk

Voices for Children in Nebraska, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for all Nebraska’s children through policy analysis and advocacy, is seeking a part-time summer law clerk to perform legal research and assist in crafting proposed legislation on projects relating to children’s right to legal counsel in the juvenile…...

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Happy National VITA Awareness Day!

Everyone knows that figuring out how to file federal income tax returns can be difficult. That is why Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are so vital to know about: they are free tax preparation sites staffed by volunteers who are certified by the IRS, available for people who earn…...

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Voices Presents: Prison Kids

The future of our state is strengthened when we treat youth who have encounters with the juvenile justice system fairly and in developmentally appropriate ways, so that they can be prepared for success as adults. Children’s brains are different, in that their brain centers geared toward impulse-control and planning are…...

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We’re Hiring: Marketing, Development and Operations Coordinator

  Job Summary: Voices for Children seeks a dedicated professional to provide support on communications, development and office operations.  Also provides assistance to the Executive Director in efforts surrounding the annual fundraising event....

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Work and Family Life: Creating a Better Balance

Click here to read our full issue brief, Work and Family Life: Creating a Better Balance. No working parent with a sick child should have to choose between making ends meet at work and taking time off to care for his or her child. Senator Crawford has introduced LB 850, which would…...

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New 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard finds the Economic Recovery is Incomplete for Many Families

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) released yesterday their annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. Every year, the Scorecard details how financially secure American families are, and what policies are effective in improving that situation. This year, they find that the current economic situation offers little chance for families to improve…...

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OPPD Board: Vote Against Rate Restructuring Proposal

This past Tuesday, a letter of opposition to the rate restructuring proposal was submitted to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors meeting. Along with thirty-plus other organizations and businesses, Voices for Children has put our support behind this letter. While appreciate that OPPD has explored modifications to…...

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