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2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 027 Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free

Blueprint Legislative Priority Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free Senate Bill 27 would help kids grow into healthy adults by enacting a statewide, comprehensive tobacco-free school campus policy. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 27 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Awaiting Committee Hearing

By |2019-02-11T10:16:05+00:00January 11th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

2019 Blueprint Legislative Priority Senate Bill 001 Increase Student Safety

Blueprint Legislative Priority Increase Student Safety Senate Bill 1 would increase student safety in Kentucky schools by increasing students' access to behavioral health services, fostering supportive learning environments, and utilizing proven strategies to address physical safety. Review the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy priority fact sheet here. Status SB 1 is sponsored by Senator Max Wise. It passed the Kentucky Senate. Read the latest statement on SB 1 from Dr. Terry Brooks here. [...]

By |2019-02-11T10:16:29+00:00January 11th, 2019|Bill Tracker|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Congress Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We say it over and over again, “kids win when their leaders prioritize them.” And that couldn’t be truer as Congress reauthorized the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) last week for the first time in over a decade. We applaud Leader Mitch McConnell for prioritizing what works for Kentucky kids and communities by moving this important piece [...]

By |2018-12-17T15:53:37+00:00December 17th, 2018|News Room, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Teens Say E-cig Use Rampant, Adults Unaware

Media Contacts: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Bonnie J. Hackbarth 877-326-2583 bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine [...]

By |2018-12-10T14:24:28+00:00December 10th, 2018|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Investment in the Child Care Assistance Program

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kentucky's Division of Child Care's plan to use the estimated $42 million in new federal funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) exemplifies common sense solutions for Kentucky kids and families, workforce development, and local economies. CCAP provides a crucial support to working Kentucky families who are struggling to make ends meet. Among the plan announced, [...]

By |2018-12-03T09:24:24+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Economic Security, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Re-Approval of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – This summer, a federal judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky's Medicaid Program, and today, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its re-approval. When it comes to this – or any policy – our question is always the same – "Is it good for kids?" And the [...]

By |2018-11-20T21:11:49+00:00November 20th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|

2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. "Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that [...]

Guest Post: From a Safe Sleep Enthusiast

Originally featured on the Kosair Charities Face It Movement blog. By Jessie Whitish Traveling with my son—now nearly three years old—requires an extra suitcase. Is it full of snacks, extra clothes, or enriching toys? No. It’s packed with all the things he loves to sleep with in his bed at night! His sleep sack, two light blankets, a stuffed Pete the Cat, three Disney princess dolls, an elephant lovey…you get the idea. Nowadays his toddler bed is [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:30:19+00:00October 30th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

New Data Shows Increasing Number of Kentucky Children Living with Relative Caregivers

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kentucky continues to have the highest rate in the nation of children in the care of relatives. In 2016-2018, nine percent of Kentucky children were being raised by a relative, which is more than double the national rate of four percent. “When Kentucky children cannot remain safely with their parents – due to parental substance abuse or incarceration, military [...]

By |2018-10-15T23:11:32+00:00October 16th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Guest Post: Opening Doors for Young Parents Like Me

Originally featured on the Kosair Charities Face It Movement blog. By Tina Agonva In 2008, I became a young parent raising a newborn. It was not easy. Kentucky has 57,000 children who are living with a parent who is between 18 and 24 years old, according to the latest policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. At 81%, our state ranks second in the nation for the percentage of children of [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:40:43+00:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|