(402) 597-3100
voices@voicesforchildren.com

Economic Stability

Making child care more accessible – Support LB359

Voices for Children in Nebraska fully supports LB 359, introduced by Senator Cook to improve access to child care by establishing an earned income disregard for child care subsidies.  Here is our full written testimony:   February 13, 2013 To: Health and Human Services Committee From:  Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator…...

Read more

LB 406 would hurt low- and middle-income families

  LB 406 would adversely impact low-income families by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Care Tax Credit (CTC).  We oppose the elimination of these credits because of the impact it will have on low- and middle-income families. In 2007, Nebraska expanded the EITC to 10% of…...

Read more

A comprehensive look at Child Care

As Nebraska opened the third Educare facility in the state, it is worth addressing the idea of access and quality child care for families. Currently the program has two facilities in Omaha- Kellom serves 183 children and families Indian Hill serves 191 children and families. The new site located in…...

Read more

LB430: Helping Families Preserve Financial Security

Today, Senator Crawford introduced LB430 which aims to support families who access Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) and Child Care subsidies in achieving a successful financial future. Ultimately our work support programs should preserve and encourage long-term financial security. As many of our programs are currently structured the rules require…...

Read more

LB359: Child Care Subsidy Program

Access to affordable, licensed child care is vital to ensure that families can work and children are safe. Indeed, when families cannot afford licensed care, parents have a more limited ability to work consistently and in some cases, children can be left in an unsafe situation. In 2012, full-time care…...

Read more

A small step forward on child care

  Research supports the fact that early learning experiences are necessary to healthy intellectual, social, and emotional development. Such experiences create a foundation for children to be successful students and eventually productive, contributing adults. Voices for Children believes that financial investments in working families and their children are investments in the…...

Read more

The Budget Impact of the Affordable Care Act

There are many changes to come in health care in the next year and one topic pressing to Nebraskans is the Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the Health and Human Services and Appropriations Committees of the state legislature considered the costs and benefits of a potential…...

Read more

New Report Highlights “Lost Decade” for Some Nebraska Families

A new report released this week by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzes state income trends and highlights significant disparities in growth rates since the 1970s. Nationally, the report found that higher income households have seen substantial income growth while those in lower and middle income households had experienced…...

Read more

Cutting Our Future: Child Care Subsidies

If you spend much time at Voices for Children you will hear us talk a lot about early childhood — those critical years from 0 to 8.  Research has shown that investments in these years pay dividends in the future by helping to create more productive and successful adults.  In…...

Read more

Early Education Supports Military Readiness

Last week, two retired generals from Nebraska called on policymakers to support high-quality early childhood education.  At first glance, it seems an odd topic for generals to be speaking out on, but it’s part of a growing recognition about the wide-ranging importance of early childhood education.  Lately, it seems everyone from…...

Read more