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We did it! Prenatal care restored!

We did it! Yesterday afternoon, the Legislature stood strong and overrode the governor’s veto of prenatal care.   It was a moment 2+ years in the making....

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Why Health Matters to Education

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman vetoed a bill to provide grants to help with the start-up costs of new school-based health centers.  School-based health centers are just what the name implies: a health center housed within a school. It’s a concept that takes the idea of a school nurse and expands it to…...

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Legislature stands up for healthy babies!

The bill to restore prenatal care, LB 599, passed just a few minutes ago.  Thank you to the 31 state senators who have stood by babies and voted to extend prenatal care to all low-income unborn children.  They have recognized that providing prenatal care is the fiscally responsible choice and…...

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Coffee with Colleagues – Grand Island

    Voices for Children’s staff will be in Grand Island for a Coffee with Colleagues event on April 19. When: Thursday, April 19 8:30 am Where: Barista’s 940 N. Webb Rd Grand Island, NE 68803 Coffee with Colleagues is an informal meeting open to anyone interested in child well-being.  We meet…...

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Take Action on Prenatal Care!

Late last night, the Legislature advanced LB 599 by a 30-16 vote. This was a huge step for advocates who have been working tirelessly to restore prenatal care to all low-income moms and babies since the loss of care in 2010! But our work is far from over. LB 599…...

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Legislature sets the stage for juvenile justice reform

A great deal of public attention has been focused on Nebraska’s child welfare system’s flaws over the past few years. Our juvenile justice system, which actually serves just as many vulnerable children and families, has received comparatively little. Yet data show that youth in our juvenile justice system are often…...

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Annual Report 2011

  Our 2011 Annual Report has gone digital!  Flip through the report below for a recap of our accomplishments for kids in 2011. Open publication – Free publishing – More children Still prefer the feel of paper in your hands?  We have a limited quantity of printed reports available.  Request…...

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Happy 2nd Birthday ACA!

Today the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, turns 2 years old!  President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. So far, the ACA has benefited tens of thousands of kids in Nebraska, and millions of kids across the country.  Children with conditions like asthma and diabetes no longer…...

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Health Care in 2014

On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law.  Children have already benefited from the new law.  They can no longer be denied health insurance due to preexisting conditions, young adults have the security of staying on their parents’ health insurance plan up to the age…...

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Could you live on $2 a day?

Could you live on $2 a day, with no help at all? This is the case for a growing number of American families with children, according to a new policy brief from the National Poverty Center. More Americans with children are living in extreme poverty at the same time their…...

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