Economic Security

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.




Blog Posts

  • 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 … Continue Reading

  • Solutions to Tackle Child Poverty

    The latest national KIDS COUNT Data Book reveals that more than 1 in 4 children in Kentucky live in poverty. Some families in which these children live may be scraping by, but others may not know where their next meal … Continue Reading

  • It’s Time to Change the Trajectory of Child Poverty

    Every year, the KIDS COUNT® Data Book offers us a clear choice. Do we accept mediocrity for the Commonwealth’s children? Are we content with being a bottom half state? Or do citizens and elected leaders look at the data, craft … Continue Reading

  • Coming Soon: 2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

    Next Tuesday, June 13th, Kentucky Youth Advocates co-releases the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book includes data on all 50 states, and you can see how Kentucky is faring on 16 key indicators of child well-being. … Continue Reading

  • Kids Win When Leaders Step Up

    The 2017 legislative session recently wrapped up, and kids and families won on several fronts. The General Assembly took action on a number of Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative priorities ranging from supporting children who have to be removed from … Continue Reading

More from our Blog



Read more about a state refundable EITC:

View our EITC Fact Sheet


Learn how a state EITC would benefit Kentucky families and communities:

View our EITC Infographic



Find state and county level data on family economic security:

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center