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.
1 in 4 Kentucky Kids Still Live in Poverty
Children thrive when their parents can earn a living and meet the basic needs of their family. And yet, year after year, we see an unrelenting pattern – too many kids across the Commonwealth growing up in poverty. Fighting poverty … Continue Reading
New Data Shows 1 in 4 Kentucky Children Still Live in Poverty
Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 email@example.com Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveal that 247,780 Kentucky children still live in poverty. The American Community Survey … Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
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
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