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Priorities for Kids in the 105th Legislature, 2nd Session

The following pro-kid bills were prioritized and are now headed to the next stage of debate at the Unicameral: Child Welfare LB 714, introduced by Senator Howard, would provide a procedure for a teenager living independently to request a formal court order of emancipation. LB 1078, introduced by Senator Crawford,…...

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Nebraska’s Children with Disabilities: Part Two

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of disability. Children living in poverty have a much greater vulnerability to disease, especially during infancy and early childhood. Impoverished families are less likely to receive adequate health care, or to be able to pay for basic medical needs, and other necessary services.…...

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Hello from the New Voices for Children Intern, Faith Walker

After experiencing firsthand some of the gaps in Nebraska legislation and working with the Voices for Children team on them, I am ecstatic to begin a position in their office. Over the course of my three years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I have enjoyed the privilege of…...

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Nebraska’s Children with Disabilities: Part One

The 25th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report includes an in-depth look at Nebraska’s children with disabilities. What is a Disability? Disability is an umbrella term reflecting the interaction between a person’s body and the society in which they live. People with disabilities experience one or more of the following three…...

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A Path to Prosperity for All Nebraskans

Today’s release of the annual Prosperity Now Scorecard shows that though the national economy has seen positive gains in recent years, policymakers are not doing enough to ensure that low- and moderate-income Nebraskans are able to share in this prosperity. Nebraska is ranked 18th in the nation overall for outcomes in financial…...

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25 Years Ago, Congress Passed the FMLA. It Wasn’t Enough.

Anne Marie works at a daycare in Papillion. Anne Marie’s husband, Nick, is a nurse. They have two beautiful children, Ben, 7, and Maggie, 9, who were named after Anne Marie’s grandfather and Nick’s mother. Ben loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. Maggie watched…...

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2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report

Today, we are excited to debut the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report! Kids Count continues to be the most comprehensive source of data on the well-being of children in Nebraska and covers data in population, health, education, economic stability, child welfare, and juvenile justice and contains Voices for Children’s Index of…...

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Race for Results Spotlight: White, non-Hispanic Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report addresses the well-being of children of color and children from immigrant families.The data show racial and ethnic disparities between children by measuring 12 indicators and produce an index score to show varying…...

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Kids Count 2017 is on its way!

We have been busy this fall compiling data and putting together the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report – our biggest and best yet! This year’s book contains data in each of our five issues areas: health, education, economic stability, child welfare, and juvenile justice as well as population level demographics,…...

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2017 in Review: A Look Back on Steps Forward for Nebraska Kids

As the days wind down in 2017, we wanted to take the time to review our greatest victories for kids and some of the biggest challenges, and to consider what 2018 will hold for kids. In Lincoln, lawmakers moved the needle for child well-being in the state with a number…...

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