Earlier this week, Kentucky Youth Advocates and our partners across the state announced the release of the 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children state policy and budget priorities. 

As our commonwealth works to overcome the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the Blueprint’s common voice and common vision—that of a brighter future for Kentucky kids and their families—are more important than ever.  

All priorities on the 2021 policy agenda all meet three criteria: grounded in data, have some expectation of feasibility in the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly, and advance racial equity. 

Because so many of you advocates have asked for additional information about advancing racial equity for kids, many of this year’s fact sheets include data or other highlights relating specifically to how that policy would help kids and their families who are Black or Brown. 

If you are interested in even more data related to racial disparities, check out the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, along with the data indicators and resources we included on this page.  

In addition to the 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities, Kentucky Youth Advocates tracks and supports other bills that are good for kids and families, and many of those bills also address systemic racism. Beginning in January, you will see those bills on our bill tracker. 

Advocates, thank you for stepping up for Kentucky kids, especially during these difficult times. Want to step up during Children’s Advocacy Week, February 1st – 5th? Be sure to register so that you receive updates on the week’s schedule!