Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2016 American Community Survey. We at Voices rely heavily on this annual data to help us track the current state of Nebraska children, and sprinkle its data throughout our annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report. One of the key data points that is part of this set is annual poverty estimates. Our state must ensure children and families are able to meet their basic needs. This is imperative to the overall well-being and success of our state’s future leaders and workforce. Nebraska families must be able to achieve financial security and our policies should support them in building a strong future for their children. The poverty rate is one of many ways we measure our progress.