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2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Policy Priorities 2017-12-07T15:28:14+00:00

2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Policy Priorities

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2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Legislative Priorities 2017-12-07T16:20:23+00:00

2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Legislative Priorities

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Monitor Charter School Implementation To Ensure They Are Established with an Emphasis on Improving Outcomes for All Students 2017-12-07T11:46:32+00:00

Monitor Charter School Implementation To Ensure They Are Established with an Emphasis on Improving Outcomes for All Students

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Strengthen Child Care Supports for Working Parents By Increasing CCAP Eligibility and Reimbursement Levels 2017-12-07T11:46:13+00:00

Strengthen Child Care Supports for Working Parents By Increasing CCAP Eligibility and Reimbursement Levels

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Enact a State Earned Income Tax Credit To Help Working Families Make Ends Meet 2017-12-07T11:45:45+00:00

Enact a State Earned Income Tax Credit To Help Working Families Make Ends Meet

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Support the Education of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect By Ensuring Stability in the School They Attend or a Seamless Transition to a New School 2017-12-07T11:45:22+00:00

Support the Education of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect By Ensuring Stability in the School They Attend or a Seamless Transition to a New School

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Keep Kids Safe from Abuse With Adequate Funding and Improvements in How We Respond to and Support Families 2017-12-07T11:45:03+00:00

Keep Kids Safe from Abuse With Adequate Funding and Improvements in How We Respond to and Support Families

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Allow Adults to Whom a Child Has Disclosed Abuse to Testify in Court And Keep Kids Safer from Abuse 2017-12-07T11:42:48+00:00

Allow Adults to Whom a Child Has Disclosed Abuse to Testify in Court And Keep Kids Safer from Abuse

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Respond Effectively When Young Children Get in Trouble By Activating the Right Response Outside of the Court System 2017-12-07T11:42:30+00:00

Respond Effectively When Young Children Get in Trouble By Activating the Right Response Outside of the Court System

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Keep Teens from Starting to Smoke and Reduce Smoking Among Pregnant Women By Increasing the Tobacco Tax by at Least One Dollar 2017-12-07T11:42:10+00:00

Keep Teens from Starting to Smoke and Reduce Smoking Among Pregnant Women By Increasing the Tobacco Tax by at Least One Dollar

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Build Safer Communities and Stronger Kids With More Effective Responses to Children Who Get in Trouble 2017-12-07T11:41:51+00:00

Build Safer Communities and Stronger Kids With More Effective Responses to Children Who Get in Trouble

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Ensure Students Have Safe and Effective Educators By Improving the Process for Reviewing Cases When Teachers are Fired from Public Schools 2017-12-07T11:41:34+00:00

Ensure Students Have Safe and Effective Educators By Improving the Process for Reviewing Cases When Teachers are Fired from Public Schools

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Monitor Implementation of the Medicaid Waiver So Families Can Access the Care They Need 2017-12-07T11:43:39+00:00

Monitor Implementation of the Medicaid Waiver So Families Can Access the Care They Need

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Increase Transparency By Moving Functions of the Ombudsman’s Office Outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2017-12-07T11:43:56+00:00

Increase Transparency By Moving Functions of the Ombudsman’s Office Outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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Help Kentucky Parents Improve Their Education and Future Success By Ensuring They Have Access to Child Care 2017-12-07T11:43:19+00:00

Help Kentucky Parents Improve Their Education and Future Success By Ensuring They Have Access to Child Care

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2017 2017-11-14T10:01:10+00:00

The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure.

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A State Earned Income Credit Would Help Kentucky Families and Local Economies, Updated September 2017 2017-11-14T10:00:30+00:00

Kentucky children thrive when parents can earn a living and meet basic needs for the family. Built on the premise of supporting work over welfare, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is designed to encourage and reward work while also delivering much-needed support to low-income families.

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Keep Kindergartners Out of Court, February 2017 2017-10-18T10:51:47+00:00

To create safer communities in Kentucky, we must respond to children who get in trouble as early as possible and in the most effective way possible.  Positive or negative factors in a child’s development stack up like weights on a scale and can tip their futures toward good or bad outcomes.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2016 2017-10-18T10:47:18+00:00

The 2016 County Data Book focuses on key state and county level measures of child well-being, including county-level rankings on child well-being. This book also examines how children fare based on where they live, how much their families earn, and the color of their skin.

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Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families, September 2016 2017-10-18T11:00:36+00:00

All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Research has shown that children with health coverage are more likely to receive regular preventive care, such as well-child exams, and to stay connected to a primary care doctor.

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Clearing the Air for All Kentucky Children, Updated December 2015 2017-10-18T11:12:03+00:00

All children deserve to breathe clean air and be healthy, yet approximately 69 percent of Kentucky’s children live in a community that does not offer them strong protections from secondhand tobacco smoke in workplaces and other enclosed public places. Clearing the Air for All Kentucky Children explains how smoke-free policies in workplaces and public places can protect babies, children, and teens.

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Every Kentucky Kid Needs a Family, December 2015 2017-10-18T11:32:28+00:00

Every child needs a family and a safe place to call home. This issue brief provides recommendations to ensure children who have experienced abuse or neglect receive an appropriate level of care and have a chance to grow up in the care of a family.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2015 2017-10-18T11:37:24+00:00

The 2015 County Data Book focuses on key state and county-level measures of child well-being. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kentucky KIDS COUNT, this book reflects on 25 years of policy wins for kids and sets goals for the next 25 years.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2014 2017-10-18T11:40:39+00:00

The 2014 County Data Book focuses on key state and county-level measures of child well-being. It opens with an essay on adverse childhood experiences and offers recommendations to prevent and help kids recover from these experiences so they can thrive as adults.

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Integrated Health Care Benefits Kentucky’s Children, April 2014 2017-10-18T13:16:39+00:00

Integrated care leads to better health outcomes for Kentucky’s children and their families. It addresses health care needs using a range of strategies and resources in a variety of settings, promoting increased access to care and to higher-quality care.

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Building the Foundation for Education: Investing in Kentucky’s Young Children, January 2014 2017-10-18T13:07:43+00:00

This report highlights the key role early childhood plays in lifetime success; outlines the critical components of strong early childhood experiences; reviews how Kentucky is working to provide young children a solid foundation; and identifies additional opportunities for Kentucky to provide every child from birth through age eight a chance to reach their full potential.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2013 2017-10-18T13:11:31+00:00

The 2013 County Data Book focuses on key state and county-level measures of child well-being. It opens with an essay on how to create a Kentucky where all children succeed.

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Increasing Support for Kinship Families in Kentucky, December 2013 2017-10-18T13:26:44+00:00

Kinship care is an extremely valuable alternative to traditional foster care that allows children to retain strong familial bonds when children cannot stay in their homes with their parents. This issue brief summarizes the findings of a series of focus groups, interviews, and surveys conducted with kinship caregivers and support providers and offers recommendations for increasing supports for kinship families.

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Jefferson County KIDS COUNT Data Book – 2013 2017-10-18T13:32:53+00:00

The Jefferson County KIDS COUNT Data Book published in 2013 provides data on children in Metro Louisville at the Council District level. This micro level data can help neighborhoods in Louisville look at unique issues impacting children in various parts of the city.

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Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Kids Have Much to Gain, March 2013 2017-10-19T10:02:17+00:00

All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families need access to affordable health care. Providing affordable health coverage for parents is one proven way to improve overall family health and reduce the number of uninsured children.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2012 2017-10-19T10:53:33+00:00

The 2012 County Data Book focuses on key state, county, and district level measures of education. It opens with an essay on how to strengthen alternative education programs.

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Sharing School Facilities: How Collaboration Can Increase Physical Activity in Communities, May 2012 2017-10-19T11:00:09+00:00

Shared-use allows spaces such as gymnasiums, tracks, cafeterias, athletic fields and other school facilities to be used for recreation by community members of all ages. This report outlines the current landscape of shared-use agreements and explains the challenges and opportunities for opening more shared-use facilities in communities across Kentucky.

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Ending the Use of Incarceration for Status Offenses in Kentucky, Updated May 2012 2017-10-19T10:56:39+00:00

Youth incarcerated for status offenses, which are acts defined as illegal only because they are committed by people who are under 18 years of age, face greater risk of poor education, work, and health outcomes, as well as future incarceration. This issue brief provides data on youth incarceration for status offenses and provides recommendations for more efficient and effective alternatives to incarceration.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2011 2017-10-19T12:43:18+00:00

The 2011 County Data Book focuses on key state and county-level measures of children’s health. It opens with an essay on how to improve the oral health of Kentucky families.

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Ending Corporal Punishment in Kentucky Public Schools, December 2011 2017-10-19T12:40:04+00:00

A learning environment that is safe and nurturing is necessary for all children to grow and thrive in school. For children in schools that use corporal punishment, or physical force, as a form of discipline, the classroom can become a threatening environment.

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Reclaiming Futures in Kentucky, August 2011 2017-10-19T12:48:32+00:00

While secure detention may be appropriate for violent offenses, it is rarely an appropriate or effective option for addressing status offenses, which are offenses that are illegal if committed by someone under age 18. The Reclaiming Futures model has been developed to identify the critical stages for implementing a successful plan for youth who have been or are at risk of being charged with a status offense.

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Complete Streets: Venues for Safety and Wellness in Kentucky, May 2011 2017-10-19T12:52:57+00:00

Complete streets are designed to accommodate everyone using the road, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities. This issue brief explains how complete streets increase safety and improve health and makes recommendations for more Kentucky communities to incorporate complete streets.

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A Picture of Health: A Report of Kentucky School Districts’ Health Services, March 2011 2017-10-19T12:58:11+00:00

A Picture of Health: A Report of Kentucky School Districts’ Health Services presents the findings of a study of school health services offered in Kentucky school districts during the 2008-2009 school year and offers highlights of promising practices across the state. Study topics included school health services funding, school health services offered, and types of school health providers.

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Increasing the High School Graduation Rate, Updated January 2011 2017-10-19T13:23:05+00:00

All young people need a strong education to succeed in today’s economy, and graduating from high school is more critical than ever before. Failing to graduate high school has long-term negative consequences for the individual and for society. This brief focuses on prevention of high school dropout and strategies for improving the state’s high school graduation rate.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2010 2017-10-19T13:35:45+00:00

The 2010 County Data Book focuses on key state and county-level measures of economic well-being. It opens with an essay on how to increase access to work supports for Kentucky families.

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Prevention of Out-of-Home Placement for Children, December 2009 2017-10-19T13:55:04+00:00

All children need a safe environment and caring adults to thrive. This brief focuses on prevention of out-of-home placement for children who have been abused by ensuring that family preservation services and family reunification services are available.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2009 2017-10-19T13:38:24+00:00

The 2009 County Data Book focuses on key state and county level measures of safety. It opens with an essay on the need for better collaboration between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

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Opportunities Lost: Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice in Kentucky and Identified Needs for System Change, September 2009 2017-10-19T14:03:39+00:00

Though unintentional, the system of juvenile justice results in different vulnerabilities, treatment, and outcomes for youth of color compared to white youth, even when they have engaged in the very same behaviors. This issue brief includes data that shows that youth of color are clearly over represented at some of the key decision-making points within Kentucky’s juvenile justice system and provides recommendations for eliminating these disparities.

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A Cycle of Debt: Kentucky Families Share Their Experiences with Payday Lending and Other High-Cost Financial Services, June 2009 2017-10-19T14:07:05+00:00

All families need reasonably-priced financial services to pay bills and provide for their families. Yet, low-income families in Kentucky often pay higher prices than higher-income families for basic financial services, such as cashing a check or taking out a small loan. This report presents information that was shared by low-income working families across the state about their financial situations and use of financial products, specifically payday loans.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2008 2017-10-19T14:12:27+00:00

The 2008 County Data Book includes key state, county, and district level measures of education, economic well-being, health and safety. It opens with an essay on the influence of three factors on the lives of Kentucky children: place, income and race.

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Payday Lending: Whittling Away at Working Families’ Income, February 2008 2017-10-19T14:36:34+00:00

All families need a steady, stable income to meet basic needs and support their children’s healthy development, yet many Kentucky families struggle to make it until their next payday. Some families rely on short-term payday loans to make ends meet, but working Kentuckians lose millions of dollars annually in fees paid for these loans.  This report details the higher costs low-income families pay for goods and services.

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KIDS COUNT County Data Book – 2007 2017-10-19T14:39:43+00:00

The 2007 County Data Book includes key state, county, and district level measures of education, economic well-being, health and safety. It opens with an essay on the importance of using data to improve the lives of children in Kentucky.

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The High Price of Being Poor in Kentucky, July 2007 2017-10-19T14:47:47+00:00

Lower-income families in Kentucky often pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars more in higher prices for basic necessities than their higher-income neighbors. Although not a new problem, the costs today are much greater in scope. This report examines the prices charged to lower-income families in Kentucky for basic necessities: financial services, auto-related products, home financing and household goods, and groceries.

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The High Cost of Being Poor: Families Speak Out, July 2007 2017-10-19T14:42:33+00:00

To better understand how the “high cost of being poor” is affecting local families, Kentucky Youth Advocates conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups throughout the Commonwealth. In this report, KYA focused on how families manage the costs of basic goods and services, and what they think is needed to help bring down these costs.

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Bullying: A Schoolhouse Reality for Kentucky Students, February 2007 2017-10-19T14:54:25+00:00

Bullying can result in substantial long-term negative impacts for the victim, the bully, the school’s learning environment, and society as a whole. This issue brief presents findings about bullying in Kentucky and offers recommendations for effectively responding to and preventing bullying.

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Kentucky’s Cavity: Parents Voice Concerns about Children’s Dental Care in their Communities, 2005 2017-10-19T15:07:07+00:00

Many Kentucky families face barriers when trying to access dental care, including lack of transportation to dental offices, lack of dental coverage, and a shortage of dental care providers in some areas. In this report, parents share experiences in obtaining dental health services for their children in communities across Kentucky.

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