Families must be economically secure to ensure children have the best opportunity to thrive. Yet, 26 percent of Kentucky children live in poverty, and 41 percent live in areas of concentrated poverty. Growing up in poverty threatens a child’s physical and mental health, social-emotional development, and educational attainment. And when poverty is concentrated, even children from higher income families face greater challenges. All families should have the resources to meet their basic needs.
- Reduce the number of children living in poverty and in areas of concentrated poverty.
- Enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) at a percentage of the highly successful federal EITC to help working families make ends meet.
- Assist families in accessing benefits for which they are eligible and simplifying the application process to receive these benefits.
- Ensure families have access to responsible lending and financial services and are not harmed by high-interest loans.
- Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Earned Income Tax Credit Work Team – Working toward the passage of a state Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending – Promoting fair lending practices and protecting family assets.
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Bill Supporting Children with an Incarcerated Parent Clears Final Legislative Hurdle
A bill to support one of the most vulnerable groups of children in Kentucky – children with an incarcerated parent – cleared its final hurdle this week. The Kentucky Senate concurred with changes made by the House, and SB 120, … Continue Reading
Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor
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Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center
Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data … Continue Reading
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