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So far Terry Brooks has created 155 blog entries.

Statement on Governor Bevin’s Budget Address

Jeffersontown, KY - While any assessment of Governor Bevin's budget proposal this evening will require more time to ensure accuracy and understanding, there are a remarkable number of "bright spots" for Kentucky's kids and families. As an example, a specific "bright spot" is around the First Lady's initiative around child advocacy centers. What more vulnerable citizen can there be than an abused child? Additionally, the increase in the numbers of social workers, the emphasis on reduced case [...]

By | 2016-01-26T20:56:28+00:00 January 26th, 2016|News Room|

Extremism on Charters is a Major Barrier

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal on January 13, 2016. Read it online here.  My wife and I share over a half century working in public schools.  I am a graduate of a Kentucky public school, as are our three sons.  And Judy and I are glad that all five of our grandkids are public school students.  In other words, I come at educational issues with a clear public school bias. However, I must admit [...]

By | 2016-01-19T12:09:52+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Blog, Education|

5 Recommendations to Ensure Every Kentucky Kid Has a Family

Every Kentucky kid needs a family and safe place to call home. Sadly, an increasing number of Kentucky children are at risk of finding themselves without a safe place to call home, as the number of Kentucky children in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect grew by 19 percent from 2010 to 2014. If we want children who have experienced abuse or neglect to thrive, we need a quality continuum of care that gives [...]

By | 2015-12-03T06:30:04+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

25 Years of Kentucky KIDS COUNT

1990. Nelson Mandela was released from jail. The Berlin Wall fell. Operation Desert Shield began in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Microsoft released Windows. The first web page was posted on this new concept called the world-wide web. Fox aired a new type of programming called The Simpsons. Home Alone was setting the box office on fire. And Kentucky Youth Advocates released the first ever Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book. Since 1990, [...]

By | 2015-11-16T17:39:28+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Blog, Kids Count|

More than 16,000 Reasons Why Child Health Coverage Matters in Kentucky

When children have health care coverage, they are able to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy and show up for school ready to learn. It also means their families can afford to take them to the doctor when they are sick, so they don’t wind up having to rely on more expensive hospital care if they get sicker. A new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and Kentucky Youth [...]

By | 2015-10-28T09:12:47+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Blog, Health|

New Data Shows More than 1 in 4 KY Children Live in Poverty

New data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that more than one in every four Kentucky children live in poverty. The American Community Survey 1-year 2014 estimate showed 26.2 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty, which was not a significant change from the 2013 estimate. However, the percent of Kentucky children living in poverty remains higher than when the recession began in 2008 (23.5 percent). "According to Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director [...]

By | 2015-09-17T14:55:51+00:00 September 17th, 2015|News Room|

New Data Shows More than 1 in 4 KY Children Lives in Poverty

New data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that more than one in every four Kentucky children live in poverty. The American Community Survey 1-year 2014 estimate showed 26.2 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty, which was not a significant change from the 2013 estimate. However, the percent of Kentucky children living in poverty remains higher than when the recession began in 2008 (23.5 percent). There are three ways in which we [...]

By | 2015-09-17T14:24:06+00:00 September 17th, 2015|Blog, Economic Security|

New Health Insurance Data Shows More KY Kids are Covered

New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that health insurance coverage rates for both children and adults increased in Kentucky from 2013 to 2014. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey revealed that 95.7 percent of Kentucky children under 18 had health insurance in 2014, compared with 94.1 percent in 2013. This is an estimated increase of 16,000 children. In addition, coverage for those under age 65, which includes [...]

By | 2015-09-16T14:44:26+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Blog, Health|

New Health Insurance Data Shows More KY Kids are Covered

New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that health insurance coverage rates for both children and adults increased in Kentucky from 2013 to 2014. The one-year estimates from the American Community Survey revealed that 95.7 percent of Kentucky children under 18 had health insurance in 2014, compared with 94.1 percent in 2013. This is an estimated increase of 16,000 children. In addition, coverage for those under age 65, which includes [...]

By | 2015-09-16T14:38:34+00:00 September 16th, 2015|News Room|

A New Blueprint is Here: Get involved in Blueprint 2.0

You may have heard that if something is working, you should just leave well enough alone and let things continue as they are. At some point, progress will plateau and you can figure out how to move forward. However, I would contend something different. In his book, If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!, well-known business leader and author Dr. Robert Kriegel states that when things are going well, that is just the right time to re-think how to improve [...]

By | 2015-09-03T11:31:16+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Youth Justice|