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New KIDS COUNT Report Emphasizes Two-Generation Approaches to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY - The Annie E. Casey Foundation, in collaboration with Kentucky Youth Advocates, released the report Creating Opportunity for Families:  A Two-Generation Approach today. This latest KIDS COUNT® policy report focuses on America’s 10 million low-income families with young children living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The report makes the case that a child’s success is tied to the family’s stability and well-being. The impact of [...]

By | 2014-11-12T00:00:50+00:00 November 12th, 2014|News Room|

Guest Post: Collaboration in Early Childhood Education Leads to Results

By Adrienne Bush “I’m putting my child in preschool.” To most people, those words are harmless. To a private child care program, “I’m putting my child in preschool,” can be a death knell. At least, that’s how it used to be for New Beginnings Learning Center, operated by Hazard Perry County Community Ministries. New Beginnings opened in 2004 to provide high quality early care and education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as an [...]

By | 2014-11-03T14:07:05+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Blog, Education|

National Report Shows Need for Continued Investments in Child Care Assistance for Kentucky Families

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY - Kentucky Youth Advocates joins the National Women's Law Center today in releasing the state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014. The report examines five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility and quality of child care assistance for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014 compares data from February 2014 to data from February 2013 and 2001 [...]

By | 2014-10-22T10:22:40+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|News Room|

Terry Brooks Discusses Reducing Child Poverty on Joe Elliott Show

Last week, new poverty numbers were released for the nation, for Kentucky, and for Kentucky's largest counties. It's difficult to continue to see high numbers of children living in poverty in our state. But, there are solutions out there that can help families become financially secure. Today, our own Dr. Terry Brooks was a guest on The Joe Elliott Show on 970 WGTK AM in Louisville to discuss the new numbers and the solutions Kentucky should implement [...]

By | 2014-09-23T21:41:35+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count|

Kentucky Child Poverty Remains High, but Policy Changes Continue to Boost Health Coverage

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY - Today, new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey confirms that child poverty remains high in Kentucky. This data provides stronger estimates due to larger sample sizes and different methodology than the Current Population Survey supplemental data released on Tuesday. The American Community Survey data released today revealed that in 2013, 25.3 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty, compared to 22.2 percent nationwide. This put Kentucky at 40th in the nation for child poverty out [...]

By | 2014-09-18T13:07:50+00:00 September 18th, 2014|News Room|

While National Child Poverty Rate Improves, Kentucky Moving in Wrong Direction

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY – New Current Population Survey supplemental data, released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides an updated status of kids and families in Kentucky, including new data on poverty. Additional data will be released on Thursday, September 18 from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, which tracks similar measures. While the national data shows the child poverty rate declined for the first time since 2000, Kentucky’s data is [...]

By | 2014-09-16T12:38:05+00:00 September 16th, 2014|News Room|

Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book Shows Need to Prevent Childhood Trauma

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY – The 2014 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates provides a picture of the status of children in Kentucky counties based on 16 indicators of child well-being. State and local leaders can use the book to help evaluate what is going well for kids and where improvements need to be made. This is the 24th annual release of the Kentucky County Data Book, which represents [...]

By | 2014-09-09T10:07:21+00:00 September 9th, 2014|News Room|

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Enters 4th Year of Success!

This is a guest blog post written by Paige Malone, In Mode Marketing. The attendance at the 3rd annual Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) meeting was a sure sign of growth. More than 60 oral health advocates and stakeholders participated in the meeting from many counties of the Commonwealth, which is a positive sign of the power behind this important purpose. This year, KOHC was fortunate enough to have Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, provide the young coalition with advocacy lessons. [...]

By | 2014-08-04T14:45:44+00:00 August 4th, 2014|Blog, Health|

25th Edition of National KIDS COUNT Data Book Highlights Changes in Child Well-Being Since 1990

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 Jeffersontown, KY – Kentucky ranks 35th in the nation on overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 national KIDS COUNT Data Book co-released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates. This year’s book marks the 25th edition of the annual publication. The national KIDS COUNT Data Book provides state level data and rankings. The 2014 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county level data and rankings, will be released in September. In addition to ranking 35th in overall child well-being, Kentucky ranks 35th in Economic Well-Being, 30th in [...]