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The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act: Investing in the Future

Here in Nebraska, we know that the social and financial costs of the juvenile justice system are not insignificant. Incarceration rates in our state are the 4th highest in the country — and have been increasing while national rates have fallen. Nevertheless, promising steps forward have been made recently in the…...

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Legislative Update: Sine Die 2014

With the 2014 legislative session all wrapped up, it’s time to reflect on all of the hard work that has been done at the Capitol this year for kids in Nebraska. The victories at the Legislature this year have shown us that working to improve the well-being of children across…...

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The high school dropout epidemic: Inequities in Nebraska

A new report released this week found that the nationwide high school graduation rate was at an all-time high in 2012, where 81% of students who entered high school for the first time graduated within 3 or 4 years. The report notes that significant progress has been made in recent…...

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is a good reminder that although it is often easy to get wrapped up in attention-grabbing headlines on cases of child abuse and neglect, these stories often leave behind other aspects of a child’s life that are equally important to consider. The…...

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Closing the Coverage Gap for Nebraska’s Kids

Early numbers on uninsured rates following the close of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suggest that the bill has been successful in connecting uninsured Americans with health coverage. Although the ACA primarily affects adults, many uninsured children stand to gain coverage through their parents. As a…...

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Home Visiting Programs in Nebraska

While the budget debate heats up in Washington, federal funds for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) are set to quietly expire this September if Congress fails to reauthorize the program. Since 2010, MIECHV has helped many families in Nebraska by supporting intensive home visiting programs targeted at…...

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Raising the Wage: Children and the Wage Gap

Last week, we released findings from our new poll showing that the majority of Nebraskans support increasing the state minimum wage. The poll also found that women overwhelmingly support an increase by a 3:1 ratio—but women in Nebraska aren’t alone. National polling shows that women from both ends of the political spectrum are similarly…...

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National School Breakfast Week

This week is National School Breakfast Week, and this year’s theme is “Take Time for School Breakfast.” For many students, there isn’t always time for breakfast—we’ve recently highlighted how our state can better ensure that schoolchildren reap the many benefits that a nutritious breakfast has to offer, starting with alternative models of…...

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Leveraging The School Breakfast Program

Nationally, Nebraska is falling behind almost every other state in leveraging the school breakfast program to help students succeed.  Nebraska was most recently ranked 49 out of 51 on the number of free and reduced price-eligible students participating in the school breakfast program.  Only 39 of every 100 eligible students participating…...

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National EITC Awareness Day

Tax season is upon us, which means that many families across Nebraska are beginning what is often a tedious process of filing their tax returns. Although the process can be complicated, tax returns can provide a significant boost to financial stability for many families. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),…...

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