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So far Jessie Whitish has created 37 blog entries.

Thank You Advocates, Youth, and Elected Leaders for Rallying for Kentucky Kids

What a day, advocates! You rallied, you met with legislators, you packed committee hearings, you tweeted. Your legislators heard you when you asked them to make kids their priority. As rally speaker Tessa Bowling said in her opening speech, “We are leaders, and we have a voice. We are here today to ignite change.” We are still tallying, but it looks like yesterday’s Children’s Advocacy Day was the biggest yet. Thank you to the hundreds [...]

By | 2017-02-10T10:00:26+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Blog|

We’ll See You this Thursday at Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol!

Children's Advocacy Day will be here this Thursday, February 9th! Here is the general agenda and a few reminders: 9:00 Registration begins (Capitol Mezzanine) 10:00 Rally for Kentucky Kids (Capitol Rotunda) 11:00 Attend legislative committee meetings and meet with your legislators 12:30-1:30 Blueprint policy information session (Legislative Annex Room 149) 1. Materials you may want to review in advance. View the Children's Advocacy Day resource booklet online here. The booklet includes a detailed agenda and checklist [...]

By | 2017-02-07T10:18:41+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Blog|

Crunch Time for Children’s Advocacy Day

With Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol mere days away, I find myself running through a long to-do list to make sure I’ve taken care of all of the necessary action items. What’s the status of your to-do list? Have you registered for Children’s Advocacy Day? Did you attend the Advocacy 101 and Children’s Advocacy Day Prep webinar? (If not, you can view and listen to a recording here.) Have you scheduled an appointment with [...]

By | 2017-01-29T18:37:55+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Blog|

I Know You Want to Hug the Baby, but Let’s Ask Him First

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes a series of festive gatherings. If your family or group of friends is anything like mine, you’ve already been to some holiday parties and still have other family gatherings ahead of you. This is our first holiday season as a family of three, and my husband and I are looking forward to watching Nash devour Christmas dinner and tackle his presents (or at least the [...]

By | 2016-12-20T14:21:27+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Face It Policy Wins Keep Kids Safe

Kentucky Youth Advocates is a proud member of the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, a coalition of nearly 30 partner organizations committed to ending child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Face It’s efforts to end child abuse can be seen from classrooms to the Capitol building, and the Movement’s recent 2016 progress report recaps the policy wins that will keep more children safe from abuse and neglect:   2013 Win Advocated for a panel to [...]

By | 2016-11-08T16:17:15+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Should My Baby Be Doing That? (And More Developmental Questions from a New Parent)

Unbelievably, I have now been a parent for more than eight months. I have spent 2/3 of a year raising another human being and have mostly enjoyed the wild, hilarious, unexpected ride that parenting has been. I have never had to learn so much, so fast. How much should Nash be sleeping? I don’t know! Should he be talking more? I’m not sure! Will he ever stop putting everything in his mouth? Hopefully! I know [...]

By | 2016-09-07T17:01:37+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

A Letter to My Son About Body Safety

Dear Nash, This is a hard letter for me to write. You are so small—only four months old—and I cannot stand to think of anything bad happening to you. But it’s my job to keep you safe, and I take that job very seriously. It’s my responsibility to buckle you in your car seat, put you to sleep on your back, and childproof our house. It’s also my responsibility to teach you to value your [...]

By | 2016-04-26T16:37:58+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

4 Essential Tips for New Parents (and the People Who Care About Them)

The best Christmas gift ever? My son, Nash, who was born a few months ago on Christmas Day. Immediately, my world was rocked. Mostly, of course, in a good way; my love for Nash is unexpectedly beautiful and boundless. But at the same time, I found myself tackling the most difficult job I’d ever had. Even though other parents had told me how hard those first few weeks would be, nothing can prepare a new [...]

By | 2016-04-06T10:34:35+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Register Today! Children’s Advocacy Day and Advocacy Webinar

The 12th Annual Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol is coming up soon! Nearly 1,000 youth and adults attended Children's Advocacy Day in 2015, and we need you to help pack the rotunda and ask elected officials to prioritize kids in 2016. The day will include a rally, Blueprint for Kentucky's Children information sessions, meetings with legislators, and a celebration of 25 years of Kentucky KIDS COUNT. Thursday, January 14, 2016 9:00 AM-2:00 PM EST [...]

By | 2015-12-08T14:03:49+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Blog|

Thank You for Your Support on Giving Tuesday!

This week we celebrated 25 years of Kentucky KIDS COUNT and associated policy wins on Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thank you to all of our supporters who helped Kentucky kids on Giving Tuesday--and throughout the year. Because of you, we can continue being THE independent voice for Kentucky's kids and ensure that kids thrive in 2016 and beyond.

By | 2015-12-03T12:18:46+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Blog|