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Speaking Up for Health and Physical Education Standards

Early this month, the Kentucky Department of Education announced a request for feedback on the recently developed and revised Health and Physical Education Standards. These standards as drafted, follow the requirements set forth in Senate Bill 1 (2017) and involved educators and other stakeholders from across the Commonwealth. The Department is making one final outreach to Kentuckians as a whole for additional feedback through December 6th. All Kentuckians are able to provide their feedback on [...]

By | 2017-11-20T16:40:55+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog, Education, Health|

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|

Kids Rely on the State Budget for a Quality, Supportive Education

In 2018, the Kentucky legislature will be crafting the next state budget for the upcoming two years. While pension reform plans have been the major topic of discussion recently, Kentucky is also facing potential budget cuts that pose a real threat to adequate funding for our schools and supports for students. As we look for what our students need, the primary school funding formula - or SEEK funding - needs protected from any budget cuts. [...]

By | 2017-11-08T18:07:31+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Blog, Education|

Race for Results: All Kids Deserve a Path to Success

All Kentucky kids deserve a path to a successful and productive adulthood. The reality is, however, that the zip code in which children live, the amount of money their family earns, and the color of their skin are pervasive and powerful influences on the childhood they will have and the future they can embrace. Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 Race for Results report, which features index scores calculated from 12 key [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:10:02+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety|

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|

Good Attendance Sets A Good Foundation

“Education is kind of like a good story. It builds off the foundation. If you miss school a lot like I did growing up, you’ll be jumping into the middle of the story – without any character development, and it will be a lot more difficult to follow along and understand. If you start the story from the beginning and push through, you’ll have learned a lot of valuable information that you can use to [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:20:48+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Blog, Education|

Guest Post: 5 Tips for a Safe And Successful Back to School Transition

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It® Movement to end child abuse website. The 2017-18 school year is officially underway, and back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for students and their younger siblings, parents, and teachers. Even when the change is positive and brings along new opportunities, it can often bring about stress. Face It is sharing five tips for a safe and successful transition back to school with a focus [...]

By | 2017-08-30T16:48:23+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

Going Back to School with Kentucky Kids

There was some serious excitement in my house last week, as my youngest daughter began kindergarten. The day before her first day, we went into school to deliver her bag of school supplies – crayons, markers, scissors, notebooks, and glue sticks. We visited her new classroom and found her spot at the table with her name and met her new teacher. We hung her first-day-of-school outfit in her closet and got her new Shopkins backpack [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:56:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety|

Guest Post: Advocating In My Hometown

By Hannah Givens As an intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates, my summer project focused on my hometown of Greensburg in Green County. I focused on data points that KYA and the Annie E. Casey Foundation produce on children and their well-being for Kentucky and nationwide. With the upcoming 2017-2018 school year on the horizon, I presented to community leaders who work with children on a regular basis and that make decisions that affect our Green County children. [...]

By | 2017-08-02T16:14:49+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|