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A New Approach for Kentucky KIDS COUNT: Past, Present, Future

The dashboard in a car tells us how far we’ve gone (the odometer), what our current situation is (the speedometer) and, in eco-conscious vehicles, how to achieve greater energy efficiency. Similarly, a focus on where we’ve been, where we are now, and how to achieve future improvement guided the creation of the new KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard, which was unveiled with the release of the 2017 County Data Book earlier this month. By providing the [...]

By | 2017-11-28T11:03:09+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Blog, Kids Count|

Looking Back: 28 Years of the National KIDS COUNT Project

As Kentucky Youth Advocates celebrates its 40th birthday, we’re looking back at our history and how it has shaped the organization we are today. A big part of KYA’s history is the KIDS COUNT project, begun in 1989 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to strengthen public action on behalf of children and families and promote public accountability for their outcomes. When the Casey Foundation released the first edition of the national KIDS COUNT Data [...]

By | 2017-07-19T10:16:40+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, Kids Count|

Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center

Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. If you’re not using the KIDS COUNT Data Center, you’re missing out on important information about the children and families in your community. The KIDS COUNT Data Center puts the power of data at [...]

By | 2017-03-09T14:14:58+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

Apply for the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute

As Kentucky continues implementing the juvenile justice reforms passed in 2014 and seeks to build upon that work with additional policy changes during the 2017 Kentucky legislative session, it is imperative that the perspectives and input of people of color are sought and incorporated, as youth of color are over-represented throughout our youth justice system. The Youth Justice Leadership Institute is one opportunity to grow emerging advocates of color into strong leaders who can help [...]

By | 2017-03-09T10:14:54+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Teen Suicide: A Difficult but Important Conversation

Teen deaths are not easy to talk about, especially violent and unexpected deaths. But in order to stop preventable teen deaths, we need to examine and understand the data. For a long time, accidents, homicides and suicides have been the leading causes of teen deaths in the United States, in that particular order. A different picture emerges when you break out the data by race and ethnicity, though. In 2014, 7 percent of the deaths of [...]

By | 2016-07-27T16:46:10+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Blog, Health, Safety|

The 2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Is Kentucky Top Dog or Rock-bottom?

This week, we co-released with the Annie E. Casey Foundation the national 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. We get pretty excited about this release because the Data Book provides the best assessment of how Kentucky’s children and youth are faring in comparison to those across the nation. Let’s face it, we live in a very competitive state – think basketball and horse racing – so we eagerly await the Data Book to see if Kentucky [...]

By | 2016-06-21T16:58:16+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety|

Apply Today for the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute

As Kentucky continues implementing the juvenile justice reforms passed in 2014 and seeks to build upon that work with additional policy changes, such as SB 270, it is imperative that the perspectives and input of people of color are sought and incorporated, as youth of color are over-represented throughout our youth justice system. The Youth Justice Leadership Institute is one opportunity to grow emerging advocates of color into strong leaders who can help fulfill that [...]

By | 2016-03-22T11:06:38+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Blog, Youth Justice|

As a Child, Where Did You Want to Be on Christmas Morning?

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan, I think most of us would say “With family!” when reflecting on where we wanted to be during special holiday moments. The sentiment is no different for children in Kentucky’s child welfare system. Earlier this month we released a new issue brief, Every Kentucky Kid Needs a Family, focused on these children. We highlight the importance of keeping families together whenever possible and placing children who cannot stay with [...]

By | 2015-12-14T13:54:00+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Blog, Safety|

Tens of Thousands of Babies, Children and Youth Not Protected with Clean Air

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children released an issue brief today on the impact of exposure to secondhand smoke on our state’s youngest residents, and the data is astounding. Clearing the Air for All Kentucky Children points out that thousands of babies and children across the Commonwealth are subject to immense dangers from secondhand smoke, particularly in communities without a strong smoke-free policy. Approximately 69 percent of Kentucky’s children live in a community that does not [...]

By | 2015-12-10T10:13:48+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Blog, Health|

Get Ready for the 2015 County Data Book on November 15!

On Sunday, we are releasing the 25th edition of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book. Be sure to return to our website on Sunday to check it out. When you do, here is a checklist you can use to make sure you take full advantage of the 2015 County Data Book. Beginning on Sunday, download your 2015 County Profile at http://kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/kidscount-county-profil/. Give this one-pager to the community leaders and officials in your county along with [...]

By | 2015-11-12T11:52:01+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Blog, Kids Count|