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.




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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