- 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.
- Invest in children from birth to age eight by building a high quality early childhood workforce.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
Celebrating Youth Who Speak Up for Youth
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Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor
While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, … Continue Reading
Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center
Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data … Continue Reading
Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Keep Youth in Foster Care Connected to Their School
We know that youth in Kentucky are key to creating positive change for kids, and their leadership galvanizes other youth, parents, educators, community leaders, and legislators. In the Kentucky Youth Speak Up series, students advocate for policies, encourage other youth to serve … Continue Reading
How Kentucky Hatches its Charter Schools is Essential to Success
This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader on January 22, 2017. The hottest toy of this past Christmas season was Hatchimals — plastic eggs with one of two interactive creatures inside. The lucky recipient nurtures the … 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: Learn how to get involved in strengthening Kentucky's education system: Find state and county level data on education:
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center