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How to Use the KIDS COUNT Data Center

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center is the premier source of data on child and family well-being in the United States. With thousands of indicators, it's a powerful resource for child advocates, educators, parents, grant writers, journalists, policymakers, and more. The KIDS COUNT Data Center puts the power of data at its users' fingertips, equipping individuals and communities to make a difference in the lives of children. Are you new to the [...]

By | 2015-05-11T09:00:17+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

Reminder: Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st

Family & Children's Place helps children heal every day from abuse, neglect, and other traumas. They stand up for Kentucky kids, and now they're asking us to do the same. Next Wednesday, April 1st, at 11:00 AM, Family & Children's Place is hosting it's annual Rally to End Child Abuse at the Big Four Bridge in Louisville. Together with the Kosair Charities Face It® movement, Family & Children's Place is calling on all of us to stand with them and [...]

By | 2015-03-26T10:00:25+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Blog, Safety|

Patty and Mildred Hill: Celebrating Kentucky Educators During Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and here in Kentucky we have many women to celebrate—among them scientists, political leaders, activists, medical professionals, and veterans. Kentucky is also home to a number of women who transformed the educational system. Lincoln County’s Sophia Alcorn, for example, developed the Tadoma method for communicating with students who are blind and deaf and advocated for students with disabilities. And Lucy Harth Smith was the principal of Booker T. Washington elementary [...]

By | 2015-03-19T09:51:56+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Blog, Education|

Save the Date: Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Family & Children's Place is kicking off the month with their Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st! Meet at the Big Four Bridge in Louisville to stand with Family & Children's Place, Face It® partners, community leaders, advocates, parents, and others as we rally to free children and families from abuse, violence and neglect.

By | 2015-02-19T12:21:59+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Blog, Safety|

11th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day Recap

Yesterday’s Children’s Advocacy Day was one of the biggest yet, with over 700 children, youth, and adults attending to ask leaders to step up for kids in 2015. Thank you to the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners, sponsors, speakers, performers, and elected and appointed officials who made the day possible. And thank you to the hundreds of people—including more than 150 youth—who prioritized Kentucky’s kids and took time to advocate on their behalf! During the [...]

By | 2015-02-06T11:11:38+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Kids Need You: Children’s Advocacy Day Art 2015

Children’s Advocacy Day is an opportunity for advocates to tell elected officials to stand up for kids and protect Kentucky children. But oftentimes kids don’t have the opportunity to tell those leaders what it is that they need in their homes, schools, and communities. This year, children across the Commonwealth created art and wrote essays telling elected officials what “Kentucky kids need.” That art has been hanging in the tunnel that connects the Capitol to [...]

By | 2015-02-04T10:37:54+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Children’s Advocacy Day: One Week and Counting!

The 11th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day is only one week away. Will you be there next Thursday, February 5th? Hundreds of youth and adults from across the Commonwealth will attend Children’s Advocacy Day to encourage their legislators to step up for kids in 2015. By going to Frankfort on February 5th, you will be one of those advocates for Kentucky’s children. Whether you are a young person or an adult, your voice matters. Whether you [...]

By | 2015-01-29T11:50:39+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Coming Soon: Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on February 5th!

February may sound far away as we wrap up 2014, but the legislative session and Children's Advocacy Day are coming up soon. More than 600 youth and adults attended Children's Advocacy Day in 2014, and we need you to help pack the rotunda in 2015! The day will include a rally, Blueprint for Kentucky's Children information sessions, meetings with legislators, and a KIDS COUNT ceremony. Learn more about the event and setting up meetings with legislators on [...]

By | 2014-12-09T12:43:19+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Thank You for Helping Us Meet our Giving Tuesday Goal!

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to pause during the frantic holiday shopping season and make a gift to your community. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates set a big goal in anticipation of a big year--$2015 for Kentucky kids in 2015. Your support of Kentucky Youth Advocates helps Kentucky's most valuable, vulnerable, and joyful gifts--our children--thrive throughout the year. Because of your contributions, we met our ‪Giving Tuesday‬ goal of $2015! Giving Tuesday proved what we already knew: [...]

By | 2014-12-04T13:48:21+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Get Ready for 2015 at a Step Up for Kids Regional Conference!

The 2015 legislative session is almost here. Do you feel prepared to advocate for Kentucky's children beginning on January 6th? If you want to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to help children have a voice in Frankfort, attend a Step Up for Kids regional conference! Child advocates and policymakers are gathering across Kentucky to learn about the 2015 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Agenda and prepare for the Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at [...]

By | 2014-11-04T14:25:58+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|