- Increase access to quality early learning environments for more children.
- Expand the Child Care Assistance Program to cover more low-income, working families by increasing eligibility to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
- Increase the payments child care providers receive to care for children enrolled in CCAP so families, especially in rural areas, can rely on child care providers to remain open and continue to accept CCAP.
- Encourage the use of high-quality child care centers for delivery of preschool services, in addition to public preschool and Head Start programs.
- Raise eligibility for public preschool programs to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
- Advance opportunities that help youth graduate and succeed after high school, such as vocational focused paths-of-learning and college readiness courses.
- Ensure all alternative education programs fulfill their important role of helping students complete high school and be prepared for the workforce or college.
- Close achievement gaps for students with disabilities by connecting them to special education services.
- Promote effective responses to student misbehaviors to get students back on track in school, including connecting students in need to support services.
- Reduce the disproportionate number of youth of color who are suspended and placed in alternative programs compared to their white peers.
- Strengthen child health within the school setting, including the availability of nutritious food, physical activity opportunities, and basic health services.
- Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Early Childhood Work Team – Working group made up of experts, practitioners, and advocates across the state to identify and promote policy changes that will improve outcomes for young children. For more information, contact Shannon Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Strong Start Kentucky – Coalition working to increase access to high quality preschool programs with the goal that every child has the opportunity to receive the highest-quality education possible.
- Kentucky Strengthening Families – Partnership promoting resources, supports, and coping strategies to help children and their families deal with stress, increase school readiness, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Restraints at Schools Present Risks to Students and Staff
This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal on September 20, 2016. Read it online here. Children in Kentucky’s public schools spend a minimum of 170 days a year in the classroom. For some students, one or more of their days … Continue Reading
Improvements to the Child Care Assistance Program Go into Effect Today
Good 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
Tips for a Safe and Successful Back to School Transition
Back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for students and their younger siblings, parents, and teachers. Even when the change is positive and brings along new opportunities, it can often bring about stress. Below are some ideas to help get … Continue Reading
Helpful Back to School Tool for Kinship Caregivers
As kids across the Commonwealth head back to school this month, we must remember the 53,000 children being raised by grandparents and other relatives and the unique challenges they face. Kinship caregivers often have informal arrangements and do not have … Continue Reading
Guest Post: Every Child Deserves a Healthy Hometown
By Paula Little What do you want your child to be when he or she grows up? For concerned parents and community leaders in Clinton County, the overwhelming answer to that question has nothing to do with a career choice … Continue Reading
ResourcesLearn more about Kentucky’s early childhood community:
Visit the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood websiteRaise your voice with other child care providers, parents, and advocates:
Check out the Prichard Committee for Academic ExcellenceFind state and county level data on education:
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center