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Federal COVID-19 Relief Updates and Calls To Action

Updated September 16, 2020 Tumbleweeds seem to be blowing around the halls of Congress these days as families continue to struggle to feed their children, pay their rent, care for their children, and work to overcome the challenges of life during COVID-19. For a brief moment it seemed like politics would be put aside in favor of doing what is best for kids and families. But the spectacular leadership of our representatives in Washington seen [...]

By |2020-09-16T09:28:42-04:00August 31st, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Making Kids Count in the 2020 Election!

There are no shortage of concerns on the minds of Kentuckians as we prepare to vote this November. This will be a consequential election. The local, state, and federal leaders we select will determine policy that will impact our daily lives for what may be generations to come. But how often do we pause to consider--specifically--how our choices at the ballot box will impact us, and particularly young children who depend on us to make [...]

Moving Forward: The Impact of COVID-19 on Kentucky’s Child Care Sector

Abraham Lincoln once said that the key to success rested in moving very slowly, but never moving backward.  One hundred and fifty years later, Lincoln’s words have never been truer for his old Kentucky home’s march toward creating and sustaining safe, high quality child care for all persons across our Commonwealth. And in true Lincolnian fashion, a “team of rivals” have assembled to strike a chord for the needs of Kentucky’s child care sector. Child [...]

By |2020-06-12T18:27:09-04:00June 11th, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

The Impact of the Federal COVID-19 Response Legislation on Kentucky Kids

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the U.S. Congress! Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have crafted a bevy of legislation that impacts Kentucky’s kids and their families.   Late last week Congress passed and the President signed into law two pieces of legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free Coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, unemployment aid, and nutrition assistance. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:31:52-04:00March 31st, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Medicaid|

Investment in Child Care is an Investment in Kentucky Kids, Families, and Local Communities

We asked, and YOU delivered! In our previous blog post, Kentucky Youth Advocates asked our community partners to “remain an active voice for Kentucky’s kids” by calling on our congressmen in Washington, D.C. to support the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  Your efforts were not in vain.  In fact, our collective voice secured an additional $550 million dollars in federal CCDBG allocations! Kentucky will receive over $10 million of that investment. We march [...]

By |2020-02-27T11:29:09-05:00February 27th, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

Status Update on Federal Investments in Child Care

National politics. Most of us are sick of hearing about it. We turn on our televisions, or most likely, scroll through our phones to stare at the day’s headlines. We are fatigued by the infighting, the suspicion, the intrigue, and the outright salaciousness of our national life. It is tempting to flip the channel to something less stress inducing, or to deactivate our social media in hopes of making the intense political world in which [...]

By |2019-10-14T18:11:08-04:00October 14th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education|

Has My Student Grown in Your Class This Year?

Photo courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation. Results. This season you’ve heard politicians and pundits tout them, your gym advertises them, and your boss demand them. Results make the world go ‘round. Without them, progress is unobtainable and success is unreachable. We live in a country obsessed with results. We post them to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for all to see. The rush to produce results, and show those results off, [...]

By |2019-09-19T16:52:51-04:00September 19th, 2019|Blog, Education|