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Economic Stability

Cutting Our Future: How Budget Cuts Affect Nebraska’s kids

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” We all know that preventing something bad from happening is better than fixing a problem after it starts.  Time and time again, best practices and research show that intervening early in the lives of vulnerable children can prevent problems from…...

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The Real Issues on Sesame Street

If you’ve been following the presidential election lately, it’s hard to miss the talk lately about subsidies for public television and the popular children’s television show, Sesame Street. What’s missing from this conversation (and in many campaigns so far), is how we really are failing Sesame Street by failing its viewers — kids....

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CFED Launches New Assets & Opportunities Network

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at and attending the bi-annual conference held by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (or CFED, since everything in government and policy has to have an acronym).  CFED‘s mission is to empower low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets…...

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September is College Savings Month

Governor Heineman recently announced that September is college savings month in Nebraska and that there are events coming up in October where families can learn more about saving for their children’s higher education through a tax-advantaged plan.  We appreciate the Governor’s interest in this issue, and recent research highlights why…...

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More children uninsured, high poverty rate hangs on

  The U.S. Census Bureau released new state data today on the number of Nebraska children living in poverty and the number of children who lack health insurance. The data show both good news and bad news for Nebraska kids. Most concerning is new data indicating the number of children…...

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25 for 25: The Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) Program

  We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children. …...

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25 for 25: Child Care Subsidies

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For…...

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KIDS COUNT: How to reverse the bad trends, boost the good

For the 18% of Nebraska kids in poverty, and for the 24% of kids whose parents don’t have secure employment, each day is governed by difficult choices that must be made on their behalf. New shoes for growing feet, or nutritious meals on the dinner table? A trip to the…...

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25 for 25: School Breakfast

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For…...

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KIDS COUNT shows worsening economic picture

In my blog post last week about the new KIDS COUNT Data Book, I pointed to the dark cloud overshadowing Nebraska’s high national ranking in child well-being. Our 9th-place finish demonstrated that we do pretty well compared with the other 49 states – but masked our own worsening atmosphere in…...

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