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Vote for Kids!

Your vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, and U.S., state, and local judge seats. Children count on adults to speak up on their behalf. In fact, we've put together 5 reasons why Kentucky kids are depending on you to show up at your polling place [...]

By | 2016-09-26T17:09:02+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

The Ripple Effect and Child Poverty

You remember, don’t you? You’re that twelve-year old kid on a hot summer day. You and your friends are exploring that lake or pond or stream. And you pick up a handful of jagged rocks and toss them into the water. Almost magically it happens. That rock hits the surface, plunges in and then in its aftermath, those small waves emanate from the center and seemingly reach out forever. The ripple effect. Physicists have taken [...]

By | 2016-09-20T10:26:16+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security|

Improvements to the Child Care Assistance Program Go into Effect Today

Good news! Several family-friendly improvements that will increase access to child care go into effect September 1, 2016. 1. More families are now eligible for child care assistance. Thanks to Governor Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly, income limits for child care assistance are increasing to 160 percent of the current federal poverty level, up from 150 percent of the 2011 federal poverty level. This means that a family of 4 making up to $38,880 will [...]

By | 2016-09-01T09:33:51+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Safety|

The Child Advocate’s Guide to the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Proposal

As child advocates, we have concerns about the impact of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal on Kentucky kids and families. In this guide, we equip child advocates with information about the 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal and address a number of frequently asked questions. Read our full position statement here, and download this Child Advocate's Guide as a PDF here. The Bevin Administration is asking the federal government—specifically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS—to modify [...]

By | 2016-08-24T19:00:17+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Health, Medicaid|

Kentucky Kids Need Your “WHYs?” and “WHAT IFs?”

This week, the New York Times featured an article from Warren Berger, the author of the wonderful book "A More Beautiful Question." Berger reminded organizations of the power of asking, “Why?” and “What If?” Two weeks ago you read about the data side of the recently released 2016 National Kids Count Data Book. This week I’d like to apply Berger’s interrogatives to that data. WHY does child poverty get ignored in the political chatter in Frankfort? And [...]

By | 2016-07-05T18:04:00+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety|

Proposal to Transform Kentucky’s Medicaid Program: Is It Good for Kids?

We at Kentucky Youth Advocates are asking, "Is it good for kids?" while trying to understand the proposal by the Bevin Administration to transform Kentucky's Medicaid program. From our perspective, we see some positives but also have some concerns. Children and pregnant women are protected from the potential negative impacts that premiums and reduced benefit packages could have, and we thank Governor Bevin for considering those vulnerable Kentuckians. But we are concerned with the impact [...]

By | 2016-06-23T17:46:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Health|

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|

Not All Students Love Summer Vacation

For many children, the end of the school year is eagerly anticipated and a time of celebration. Parents, students, and teachers look forward to several weeks of unstructured time, vacations, and relaxation. However, for almost 30,000 of Kentucky’s schoolchildren who are experiencing homelessness, summer break means increased stress. These children lose a large sense of stability, routine, socialization with peers, and regular meals they gain through school attendance. The causes of homelessness are complex; for [...]

By | 2016-06-08T10:31:15+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety|

We Play to Win for Kids I JUST LOVE THAT VIDEO. It is usually among those selected when pundits choose the “greatest sports quotes of all time.” And, of course, Herm Edwards – a coach with a losing record – is now one of the experts on ESPN. I believe – at my core – that we “play to win the game FOR KIDS.” Nice tries. Pyrrhic victories. Rationalizations at failure. Those phrases leave me cold. It does kids [...]

By | 2016-05-11T15:41:07+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

The Story of 1 of 135,000 Kentucky Kids

Ashley* shares her story as part of the release of a new KIDS COUNT® policy report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. She is one of 135,000 Kentucky children who has had a parent incarcerated, according to data collected in 2011/2012. By Ashley When I was 12, I discovered that my mom was addicted to drugs. It was hard for us from then on. As her drug addiction worsened, my [...]

By | 2016-04-27T17:00:23+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety|