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Education

Reading at grade-level

  We know that grade-level reading is critical to student success and students who are unsuccessful in making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn are likely to continue to experience challenges throughout their school years and beyond. In 2012, only 36% of Nebraska 4th graders and…...

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A closer look at chronic absenteeism and truancy

We all want children to have access to opportunities to succeed through a quality education. Let’s be honest – an important component of a student’s ability to succeed in school is their attendance. In recent years, Nebraska legislators have enacted a number of bills aimed at increasing school attendance, reducing the number…...

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The First 8 Years Policy Report

Yesterday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new policy report “The First Eight Years: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success.” This report highlights the importance of investing in young children during crucial brain development stages to set them up for success later in life. It has been shown…...

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Telling the Whole Story on Education Cuts

  As a part of Rebuild Nebraska, we are dedicated to working to ensure that the tax reform discussion currently underway results in a modern tax system with adequate revenue for things like education and healthcare without increasing taxes on families who can least afford to pay. One of our…...

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Cradle to college: Boosting expectations with college savings accounts

As students across Nebraska head back to school for the fall, college affordability looms large on the minds of many high school seniors. Last week, President Obama addressed growing concerns over the rising costs of higher education with a new plan targeted at the middle class. His plan ties federal funding…...

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Head Start in Nebraska

Earlier this week, we posted about the Head Start evaluation, and how the educational gains are not present into third grade and beyond. Head Start is an important program, and some of the most lasting impacts are found in groups with the greatest need.  In fact “at the end of 3rd grade,…...

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Getting a Head Start on School

Last month, Voices for Children and First Focus co-authored an editorial published in the Omaha World Herald on the need for federal investments in pre-Kindergarten programs.  The Editorial has sparked some responses related to the Head Start Program and the program’s perceived “failure.”  In light of this, it seemed like…...

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Breakfast Improves Children’s Overall Health

The importance of school breakfast on the success of children is more and more apparent each day. Research has shown that school breakfast has a direct impact on children’s ability to learn in school. Yet one aspect that must be looked at as well, is the impact on children’s health.…...

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Meet FERPA, the HIPAA of education records

Child welfare agencies across the country are responsible for the well-being of more than half a million children. Unfortunately, children and youth in foster care are the most educationally at-risk of all student populations. Due placement interruptions and the school transfers that tend to follow, only about 54% of foster…...

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Breakfast Matters: Breakfast and Learning

When we think about children’s educational successes, there are a lot of factors that immediately come to mind.  Things like teacher quality and a child’s own intellectual abilities are obvious ones.  So it may come as a surprise to some that breakfast is another essential component to education. Facilitating and…...

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