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Nebraska receives 9th place ranking of best state to be a kid

We know that Nebraska is a great place to be a kid, and today’s release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book proves that. The data book ranks each state on 16 measures of child well-being, and Nebraska received a 9th place ranking! This report is published…...

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Urge your Member of Congress to put Nebraska’s families first!

Last week, the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) advanced from the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously and its Senate companion bill (S. 3065) was introduced days later. The bipartisan and bicameral proposal would reform federal child welfare funding mechanisms to support prevention efforts and to reduce congregate…...

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The National KIDS COUNT Data Book release is right around the corner!

If you follow Voices for Children in Nebraska, you undoubtedly hear a lot about the Kids Count in Nebraska Report. However, you may not know much about its national counterpart, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Next week will mark the release of the 27th edition of the National KIDS COUNT…...

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Scottsbluff Juvenile Detention Center Closing Temporarily

Last week, Voices for Children staff members traversed the state to get a clear picture of what it looks like to grow up in different parts of Nebraska.  Though we greatly enjoyed meeting community members, discussing Kids Count data, visiting facilities, and sharing the work that we do, one aspect…...

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Save school meals for Nebraska kids!

Last month, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) advanced from the U.S. House education and Workforce Committee with markups that would significantly change national child nutrition programs for the worse. As this year’s child nutrition reauthorization was being considered by the Committee, we proudly joined…...

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Voices Releases “Juvenile Injustice” Issue Brief

When children get in trouble with the law, our system should ensure they are held accountable for their actions in an age-appropriate, fair and just way. No one should face trial and punishment without understanding their rights, the possible consequences, and the reasons why; this is particularly true for young…...

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Thank you!

Every year, Voices for Children proudly joins many other Omaha-area nonprofits in Omaha Gives! This year’s 24-hour online giving campaign raised over $8 million and demonstrated our community’s strong commitment to the important work of our local nonprofits. This year, our participation in Omaha Gives raised over $5000 (before matching…...

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Help us make Nebraska the best place to be a kid!

At Voices for Children, we believe that all kids deserve the best possible opportunity to succeed regardless of the circumstances they are born into.  For almost 30 years, we have worked to hold systems accountable for effectively meeting the needs of kids and families. We know that many organizations focus on…...

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Child poverty: Not just about income

Last month, the Brookings Institution released a two-part report, “Five evils: Multidimensional poverty and race in America,” examining the intersection of race, place, and poverty across the country. Looking beyond household income, the report identifies other measures of poverty—lack of employment, limited education, lack of health insurance, and living in…...

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A Look at High School Graduation and Beyond

This school year is quickly coming to a close in the next couple of weeks, and with it another class of kids will graduate high school and move on to the next step. We thought that this would be a great time to look at some data on graduation and…...

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