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Should My Baby Be Doing That? (And More Developmental Questions from a New Parent)

Unbelievably, I have now been a parent for more than eight months. I have spent 2/3 of a year raising another human being and have mostly enjoyed the wild, hilarious, unexpected ride that parenting has been. I have never had to learn so much, so fast. How much should Nash be sleeping? I don’t know! Should he be talking more? I’m not sure! Will he ever stop putting everything in his mouth? Hopefully! I know [...]

By | 2016-09-07T17:01:37+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Blog, Health, Safety|

A Letter to My Son About Body Safety

Dear Nash, This is a hard letter for me to write. You are so small—only four months old—and I cannot stand to think of anything bad happening to you. But it’s my job to keep you safe, and I take that job very seriously. It’s my responsibility to buckle you in your car seat, put you to sleep on your back, and childproof our house. It’s also my responsibility to teach you to value your [...]

By | 2016-04-26T16:37:58+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

4 Essential Tips for New Parents (and the People Who Care About Them)

The best Christmas gift ever? My son, Nash, who was born a few months ago on Christmas Day. Immediately, my world was rocked. Mostly, of course, in a good way; my love for Nash is unexpectedly beautiful and boundless. But at the same time, I found myself tackling the most difficult job I’d ever had. Even though other parents had told me how hard those first few weeks would be, nothing can prepare a new [...]

By | 2016-04-06T10:34:35+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Register Today! Children’s Advocacy Day and Advocacy Webinar

The 12th Annual Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol is coming up soon! Nearly 1,000 youth and adults attended Children's Advocacy Day in 2015, and we need you to help pack the rotunda and ask elected officials to prioritize kids in 2016. The day will include a rally, Blueprint for Kentucky's Children information sessions, meetings with legislators, and a celebration of 25 years of Kentucky KIDS COUNT. Thursday, January 14, 2016 9:00 AM-2:00 PM EST [...]

By | 2015-12-08T14:03:49+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Blog|

Thank You for Your Support on Giving Tuesday!

This week we celebrated 25 years of Kentucky KIDS COUNT and associated policy wins on Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thank you to all of our supporters who helped Kentucky kids on Giving Tuesday--and throughout the year. Because of you, we can continue being THE independent voice for Kentucky's kids and ensure that kids thrive in 2016 and beyond.

By | 2015-12-03T12:18:46+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Blog|

Community Leaders Weigh in on KIDS COUNT Data

This past Sunday, three community leaders wrote op-eds for the Courier-Journal, highlighting specific solutions relating to data in the newly released KIDS COUNT County Data Book. Following are excerpts from their op-eds; visit the Courier-Journal online to read the full text.   Keeping Kentucky children safe from harm by Randy Coe Randy Coe is president of Kosair Charities®. Read his full op-ed, including specific policy solutions to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect here. [...]

By | 2015-11-19T10:26:02+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Blog, Kids Count|

5 Reasons to Vote for Kids

The 2015 general election is just days away! Here are five reasons why Kentucky kids are depending on you to show up at your polling place on November 3rd: 1. Kids aren’t old enough (yet) to vote, so they’re counting on you to advocate on their behalf. Whether they’re 17 days old or 17 years old, our youth need you to be their voice. 2. Big policies affect individual children. Many of the issues being [...]

By | 2015-10-21T10:17:39+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Blog|

Invest in Advocacy with Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kentucky Youth Advocates is the independent voice for Kentucky kids with a mission of making Kentucky the best place in America to be young. Because we do not take government money, individual supporters are the foundation of our work. Want to learn more about how you can join with us to ensure that Kentucky kids have the loudest possible voice? View our new Invest in Advocacy video: For an overview of how we put [...]

By | 2015-10-14T10:17:40+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Blog|

Mark Your Calendars: Attorney General Candidate Conversation About Kids on October 26th

Elected officials often play important roles in creating, implementing, or enforcing policies that are good for kids. In just a few weeks, Kentuckians will go to the polls to cast their votes for the state’s executive offices, one of which is the Attorney General of Kentucky. The Attorney General is Kentucky’s chief prosecutor, law officer, and law enforcement officer, and these responsibilities are crucial in ensuring that state systems work for Kentucky kids. Want to [...]

By | 2015-09-30T13:34:09+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Blog, Safety, Youth Justice|

Save the Date: 12th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day on January 14, 2016

This year’s Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol was one of the largest yet, with over 700 children, youth, and adults attending to ask their leaders to put kids first in the legislative session. We know that Children’s Advocacy Day played an essential role in three key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children wins for kids this year—and in numerous other wins in the previous 10 years. With your support and commitment, that momentum will continue in [...]

By | 2015-06-11T12:46:24+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|