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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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SNAP and CHIP: When it comes to children, there’s no room for debate

While the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week told us the story of how much still needs to be done for the 17.9% of Nebraskan children living in poverty, the U.S. House of Representatives took steps to unravel recent gains made towards advancing the well-being of children…...

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Cradle to college: Boosting expectations with college savings accounts

As students across Nebraska head back to school for the fall, college affordability looms large on the minds of many high school seniors. Last week, President Obama addressed growing concerns over the rising costs of higher education with a new plan targeted at the middle class. His plan ties federal funding…...

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