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Prematurity and Academic Achievement

Dr. Bryan Williams shared his research with us on the link between premature births and academic achievement in first grade as part of the release of the Kids Count in Nebraska Report. He generously shared his time (and his PowerPoint slides!) with us....

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LB 820

Quick links: LB 820 on Legislature’s website LB 820 as introduced Voices for Children’s Testimony   Summary: Part of LR 37 package of recommendations and introduced by the entire Health and Human Services Committee, LB 820 would require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to apply for a…...

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LB 774

Quick links: LB 774 on Legislature’s website LB 774 as introduced Voices for Children’s written support   Summary: LB 774, introduced by Senator Howard, is one of the bills this session based on recommendations of the LR 37 Report released in December. LB 774 requires the Health and Human Services Committee…...

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Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report

The 19th annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report continues to provide pertinent information on the well-being of all children in areas of health, education, safety and economic stability and features a commentary on the importance of investing in early childhood. Children do not choose the family, the geographic location, or…...

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Debunking claims about Medicaid

Most of what we hear about Medicaid in the media is negative.  Politicians and pundits claim it isn’t effective or spending is out of control.  When we look closer at the data, we find that many of these claims just don’t hold true. Satisfaction If Medicaid did commercials, I imagine…...

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Telling the whole child welfare story

At Voices for Children, we are committed to telling the whole story when it comes to Nebraska’s children and the systems that serve them. This isn’t an easy job and it’s especially tricky when it comes to the child welfare system. Our child welfare system has a whole host of…...

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Nebraska’s Legislative Process

  With the Legislative session starting today, we think it’s important to refresh our memory on how the Legislature works.  Below you will find how and a bill becomes a law in Nebraska and some quick and quirky facts about the Unicameral. Research Research is an integral part of the legislative…...

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A Healthy New Year for Nebraska Kids

After a holiday break, Voices for Children is back at work and anticipating the start of the state legislative session tomorrow.  Today also marks the start of our quarter focused on the issue of health. In my experience, having good health is kind of like having a functional automobile — it’s…...

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A closer look at Nebraska’s YRTCs

    Every year, Nebraska’s courts send a number of serious and not-so-serious juvenile offenders to the Youth Residential Treatment Centers (YRTCs) in Kearney and Geneva. Like all placements and services ordered under Nebraska’s juvenile code, the goal in placing youth at these institutions should be their rehabilitation. Both YRTCs’…...

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A New Year’s Wish

At Voices for Children in Nebraska we believe in building a better state for all of our children.  We believe that all kids deserve the best chance at a safe and healthy childhood. We as a state and as members of our communities owe it to our children to ensure…...

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