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Proposed Federal Rule Threatens the Good Life for Nebraska Kids and Families

Our country is one that offers the promise of opportunity for all. Here in Nebraska, we know that our state is stronger when all families can reach their full potential and contribute to our communities. This weekend, the Trump Administration announced a proposal that, if implemented, would be a direct…...

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Kids in the 2018 Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, marking the end of this year’s legislative session. Each year, Voices for Children works to set legislative priorities, driven by data and research, to make Nebraska the best place to be a kid. Here’s a recap of how kids fared this session.…...

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2018 Pro-Kid Legislative Scorecard

Our state senators make a lot of choices over the course of the legislative session, and the 105th Legislative Session (2017-2018) was no exception. During the two year session, 15 of Voices for Children’s priority bills made it to a final vote before the full body. We present our third…...

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Nebraska’s Children With Disabilities: Part Three

Children with disabilities have special health needs that are as individual to each child as a fingerprint.   The care of each child with a disability requires investment and attention to individual needs. Some disabilities are hard to see, – the same disability can impact different children in very different…...

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Priorities for Kids in the 105th Legislature, 2nd Session

The following pro-kid bills were prioritized and are now headed to the next stage of debate at the Unicameral: Child Welfare LB 714, introduced by Senator Howard, would provide a procedure for a teenager living independently to request a formal court order of emancipation. LB 1078, introduced by Senator Crawford,…...

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A Path to Prosperity for All Nebraskans

Today’s release of the annual Prosperity Now Scorecard shows that though the national economy has seen positive gains in recent years, policymakers are not doing enough to ensure that low- and moderate-income Nebraskans are able to share in this prosperity. Nebraska is ranked 18th in the nation overall for outcomes in financial…...

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25 Years Ago, Congress Passed the FMLA. It Wasn’t Enough.

Anne Marie works at a daycare in Papillion. Anne Marie’s husband, Nick, is a nurse. They have two beautiful children, Ben, 7, and Maggie, 9, who were named after Anne Marie’s grandfather and Nick’s mother. Ben loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. Maggie watched…...

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Race for Results Spotlight: White, non-Hispanic Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report addresses the well-being of children of color and children from immigrant families.The data show racial and ethnic disparities between children by measuring 12 indicators and produce an index score to show varying…...

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Kids Count 2017 is on its way!

We have been busy this fall compiling data and putting together the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report – our biggest and best yet! This year’s book contains data in each of our five issues areas: health, education, economic stability, child welfare, and juvenile justice as well as population level demographics,…...

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2017 in Review: A Look Back on Steps Forward for Nebraska Kids

As the days wind down in 2017, we wanted to take the time to review our greatest victories for kids and some of the biggest challenges, and to consider what 2018 will hold for kids. In Lincoln, lawmakers moved the needle for child well-being in the state with a number…...

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