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

  • Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2017 Priorities!

    a42_3271Last year we unveiled a new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children with three cornerstones: thriving communities, strong families, and successful kids. Today, we’re launching the 2017 Blueprint policy priorities with partners and youth from across the state with those cornerstones in … Continue Reading

  • How Does Kentucky Measure Up on Key Child Care Policies?

    a41_3463A new report examining statewide child care policies recognizes Kentucky as one of 31 states that has improved on key policies, yet finds that too many families nationwide are not receiving the help they need to thrive. The need for … Continue Reading

  • Vote for Kids!

    VoteForKidsYour vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, … Continue Reading

  • The Ripple Effect and Child Poverty

    rippleYou remember, don’t you? You’re that twelve-year old kid on a hot summer day. You and your friends are exploring that lake or pond or stream. And you pick up a handful of jagged rocks and toss them into the … Continue Reading

  • Improvements to the Child Care Assistance Program Go into Effect Today

    A41_3292Good news! Several family-friendly improvements that will increase access to child care go into effect September 1, 2016. 1. More families are now eligible for child care assistance. Thanks to Governor Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly, income limits for … Continue Reading

More from our Blog



EITC-300x253 Read more about a state refundable EITC:

View our EITC Fact Sheet

  EITC-info.png Learn how a state EITC would benefit Kentucky families and communities:

View our EITC Infographic

  kidcount_datacenter_thumbnail Find state and county level data on family economic security:

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center