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Education

Support for the “Step Up to Quality Act” for early childhood care (LB 507)

Voices for Children in Nebraska testified in support of LB 507, a bill which would help increase the quality of child care available across the state.  Here is our written testimony: Voices for Children in Nebraska would like to express our support for LB 507 and thank Senator Campbell for…...

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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…...

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Educational Savings Plans

The rising cost of tuition has moved higher education out of reach for many families. Students are increasingly graduating with significant amounts of debt. In 2011, 63% of Nebraska’s college students graduated with debt averaging $24,284. These trends have made savings for higher education significantly more important. While attaining higher education…...

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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…...

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Our prosperous future requires an investment in kids

Today, Voices for Children in Nebraska’s Executive Director, Carolyn Rooker, issued the following statement in response to Governor Heineman’s State of the State Address: This legislative session, lawmakers must be future-thinking in their budget decisions – both on the revenue and spending side – and prioritize services that will put…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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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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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Poor Educational Outcomes for Nebraska’s State Wards

  The start of a new school year always seems to bring with it a sense of opportunity and excitement. You probably remember being a kid and getting your class list, buying new school supplies, looking forward to time with friends from last year, wondering what your new teachers would…...

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