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Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Priorities

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children stands on three cornerstones: Thriving communities launch strong families. Strong families launch successful kids. Successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. We’re launching the 2018 Blueprint policy priorities with partners from across the state with those three cornerstones in mind. We invite you to learn more about the Blueprint priorities and how to get involved. Check out the 2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities. Read the fact sheets for [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:39:34+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Moving Forward for Kids: Investments in Our Future

In the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, we are introducing a more holistic approach to measuring how children are faring in each Kentucky county. The County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent [...]

By | 2017-11-14T09:56:48+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T09:57:08+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room, Youth Justice|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Help Them Stay on Track to Succeed

By Clarissa Mobley, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Crafting a family budget can be tough, especially when there are more monthly expenses than money coming in. Sometimes it comes down to buying groceries or paying the electricity bill on time. It may also mean having to take a second job to bring in more income. Similarly, crafting a state budget is about tough choices and setting priorities, especially in the face of drastic budget cuts. Kentucky [...]

By | 2017-11-01T18:16:48+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Building Kentucky’s State Budget

Every two years, the Governor and legislature craft a biennial budget to guide the operation of state government. Kentuckians rely on the budget beyond what we may automatically think of, like roads, public parks, and public-school education. Kentucky families rely on the state budget to keep children safe, support kids' healthy development, and put kids on track for a prosperous future. Kentucky invests in kids by crafting a state budget that provides preventive oral health [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:17:47+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Kids Need a State Budget Built for Them

Fall mornings with Kentucky’s hills and valleys blanketed in fog create a picture-perfect landscape. While I appreciated the view on a recent morning drive, I breathed a sigh of relief when the fog lifted. The budget news for state government in Kentucky has been dire for months as the looming pension crisis has created a fog around the state budget. Recent revenue forecasts predicting another budget shortfall to the tune of $200 million have made [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:18:50+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Prioritizing Youth Outcomes and Public Safety Benefits the Bottom Line

By Clarissa Mobley, a Master's student at the Kent School of Social Work and a KYA intern Success! That is what Kentucky families and children are achieving with juvenile justice reforms. Simultaneously, the state is seeing a reduction in the number of juvenile offenses. Secretary John Tilley of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Commissioner Carey D. Cockerell of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) recently presented on the success of reforms in [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:19:55+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Kids Win When Congress Prioritizes Them

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 4, 2017. By Dr. Terry Brooks City BBQ features the best brisket I have ever eaten! It also features an array of “front porch gems of wisdoms” that make you both smile and think. Taken from a gas station in North Carolina, one reads: “If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?” It’s no secret that for many years [...]

By | 2017-08-09T17:09:20+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Blog, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Celebrate “Cool” Wins for Kids this Summer

Summer is here! As Kentuckians, we can certainly count on experiencing hot and humid weather and can hopefully count on enjoying cool treats and days playing in the sprinkler. Another certainty we can count on during the Kentucky summer is the implementation of bills that were signed into law during the General Assembly. The Kentucky Constitution states that new laws go into effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. The 2017 regular session adjourned [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:01:08+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Safety, Youth Justice|

Guest Post: Opening Doors to a Positive Future

By Reggie Smith As a strong advocate for young adults, I am grateful to acknowledge the recent passing of SB 195 during the 2017 Kentucky legislative session. This bill provides youth with the opportunity to expunge certain felonies off of their criminal record. In 2016, the General Assembly passed HB 40 to allow adults to expunge certain felonies; youth, however, were still not allowed to expunge a number of felonies. SB 195 closed that gap [...]

By | 2017-07-05T17:05:56+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|