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Community Leaders Weigh in on KIDS COUNT Data

This past Sunday, three community leaders wrote op-eds for the Courier-Journal, highlighting specific solutions relating to data in the newly released KIDS COUNT County Data Book. Following are excerpts from their op-eds; visit the Courier-Journal online to read the full text.   Keeping Kentucky children safe from harm by Randy Coe Randy Coe is president of Kosair Charities®. Read his full op-ed, including specific policy solutions to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect here. [...]

By | 2015-11-19T10:26:02+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Blog, Kids Count|

5 Reasons to Vote for Kids

The 2015 general election is just days away! Here are five reasons why Kentucky kids are depending on you to show up at your polling place on November 3rd: 1. Kids aren’t old enough (yet) to vote, so they’re counting on you to advocate on their behalf. Whether they’re 17 days old or 17 years old, our youth need you to be their voice. 2. Big policies affect individual children. Many of the issues being [...]

By | 2015-10-21T10:17:39+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Blog|

Invest in Advocacy with Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kentucky Youth Advocates is the independent voice for Kentucky kids with a mission of making Kentucky the best place in America to be young. Because we do not take government money, individual supporters are the foundation of our work. Want to learn more about how you can join with us to ensure that Kentucky kids have the loudest possible voice? View our new Invest in Advocacy video: For an overview of how we put [...]

By | 2015-10-14T10:17:40+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Blog|

Mark Your Calendars: Attorney General Candidate Conversation About Kids on October 26th

Elected officials often play important roles in creating, implementing, or enforcing policies that are good for kids. In just a few weeks, Kentuckians will go to the polls to cast their votes for the state’s executive offices, one of which is the Attorney General of Kentucky. The Attorney General is Kentucky’s chief prosecutor, law officer, and law enforcement officer, and these responsibilities are crucial in ensuring that state systems work for Kentucky kids. Want to [...]

By | 2015-09-30T13:34:09+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Youth Justice|

Save the Date: 12th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day on January 14, 2016

This year’s Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol was one of the largest yet, with over 700 children, youth, and adults attending to ask their leaders to put kids first in the legislative session. We know that Children’s Advocacy Day played an essential role in three key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children wins for kids this year—and in numerous other wins in the previous 10 years. With your support and commitment, that momentum will continue in [...]

How to Use the KIDS COUNT Data Center

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center is the premier source of data on child and family well-being in the United States. With thousands of indicators, it's a powerful resource for child advocates, educators, parents, grant writers, journalists, policymakers, and more. The KIDS COUNT Data Center puts the power of data at its users' fingertips, equipping individuals and communities to make a difference in the lives of children. Are you new to the [...]

Reminder: Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st

Family & Children's Place helps children heal every day from abuse, neglect, and other traumas. They stand up for Kentucky kids, and now they're asking us to do the same. Next Wednesday, April 1st, at 11:00 AM, Family & Children's Place is hosting it's annual Rally to End Child Abuse at the Big Four Bridge in Louisville. Together with the Kosair Charities Face It® movement, Family & Children's Place is calling on all of us to stand with them and [...]

By | 2015-03-26T10:00:25+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Patty and Mildred Hill: Celebrating Kentucky Educators During Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and here in Kentucky we have many women to celebrate—among them scientists, political leaders, activists, medical professionals, and veterans. Kentucky is also home to a number of women who transformed the educational system. Lincoln County’s Sophia Alcorn, for example, developed the Tadoma method for communicating with students who are blind and deaf and advocated for students with disabilities. And Lucy Harth Smith was the principal of Booker T. Washington elementary [...]

By | 2015-03-19T09:51:56+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Blog, Education|

Save the Date: Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Family & Children's Place is kicking off the month with their Rally to End Child Abuse on April 1st! Meet at the Big Four Bridge in Louisville to stand with Family & Children's Place, Face It® partners, community leaders, advocates, parents, and others as we rally to free children and families from abuse, violence and neglect.

By | 2015-02-19T12:21:59+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

11th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day Recap

Yesterday’s Children’s Advocacy Day was one of the biggest yet, with over 700 children, youth, and adults attending to ask leaders to step up for kids in 2015. Thank you to the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners, sponsors, speakers, performers, and elected and appointed officials who made the day possible. And thank you to the hundreds of people—including more than 150 youth—who prioritized Kentucky’s kids and took time to advocate on their behalf! During the [...]