In 2010, Kentucky experienced increasing rates of youth charged with offenses via complaints to the Court Designated Worker program.
The 2011 County Data Book, released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates finds that Kentucky has made progress in ensuring low-income children receive dental services, yet much work remains to improve children’s oral health in the state. This is the 21st annual release of the County Data Book, part of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT project. The KIDS COUNT project monitors progress for Kentucky’s one million children on over 100 measures of child well-being, including health, safety, [...]
Data on child abuse and neglect cases in each county and the state as a whole for calendar year 2010 has been posted to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. This new data portrays some discouraging trends for vulnerable children in the Commonwealth, but as Kentuckians we can use our ingenuity to implement innovative solutions to prevent harm to children. Sadly, the number of substantiated child victims of abuse/neglect is on the rise after gradual declines [...]
New childhood mortality data has been posted to the KIDS COUNT Data Center for infants (less than one year old), children (ages 1-14) and teens (ages 15-19). Kentucky’s infant death rate has remained stable at 7 per 1,000 live births for approximately 15 years now, continuing to closely mirror the national rate. The state child death rate, however, has fallen over the past two decades, from 33 per 100,000 children ages 1-14 during 1990-1992 to [...]
New education data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center reveals that the number of Kentucky students eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school has steadily risen throughout the recent economic recession. In school year 2007-2008, there were 355,992 students eligible, and in school year 2010-2011, that number rose to 395,486. The percent of eligible students remained greater than 50 percent throughout those years, and school year 2010-2011 was marked by the largest percentage in [...]
Last week Terry Brooks had a post about the possibility that people could be losing sight of our country’s very real child poverty problem amid the hype about the national debt and credit rating. I have a corresponding fear that people hear all the talk about the impact and aftermath of the recession and conclude that Kentucky’s sad economic situation can be blamed solely on the recession, or even worse, that there’s little to do [...]