LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are gearing up to finish a session that has focused largely on children, including those in foster care, the criminal justice system and juveniles who need psychiatric treatment.

Eight school districts and six community organizations will receive funding from the Learning Community for early childhood and extended learning programs.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would help Nebraska qualify for more federal foster care money has won first-round approval from lawmakers.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have granted first-round approval to a measure that would give housing assistance to youths aging out of foster care.

Live Well Omaha officials hope metro area families will take a Family Dining Pledge.

A new study from a UNMC expert on childhood obesity asks whether a school’s design can reduce childhood obesity.

A new report shows Nebraska children are removed from their homes at almost twice the national rate under the state’s child welfare system.

A new report shows one in five Nebraska children lived in poverty in 2011.

The Midlands Mentoring Partnership says there are 30,000 children in the Omaha area living below the poverty line who could benefit from mentoring.

A UNMC therapist says a child’s age and maturity level should guide conversations with them about last week’s school shooting.