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Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children2021-05-12T13:21:40-04:00
Blueprint for Kentucky's Children

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky.

As the commonwealth works to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and address systemic racism, the Blueprint speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for all Kentucky kids and their families.

Blueprint for Kentucky's Children

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky.

As the commonwealth works to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and address systemic racism, the Blueprint speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for all Kentucky kids and their families.

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Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker

2021 BLUEPRINT FOR KENTUCKY’S CHILDREN FACT SHEETS

2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Policy and State Budget Priorities2020-12-08T15:50:38-05:00
2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Fact Sheet Packet2020-12-08T15:56:06-05:00
Ensure children and families continue to access the health care they need2020-12-08T15:57:42-05:00
Address misbehavior by children under 12 through community-based services instead of the court system2020-12-08T15:58:31-05:00
Strengthen Kentucky’s efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect2020-12-08T15:59:35-05:00
Expand court discretion when determining the transfer of youth to adult court2020-12-08T16:00:15-05:00
Expand child care access to best serve kids, families, and local economies2020-12-08T16:01:04-05:00
Expand local control to curb tobacco use among youth and improve health2021-01-27T08:26:40-05:00
Hold parents accountable in ways that minimize the impact of parental incarceration on children2020-12-08T16:02:38-05:00
Allow paid family leave to state employees2020-12-08T16:03:13-05:00
Invest in services that promote student success, health, safety, and well-being2020-12-08T16:04:50-05:00
Prioritize investments for children who have experienced abuse and neglect by supporting kinship caregivers2020-12-08T16:05:48-05:00

ADVOCATE VIRTUAL FORUMS

Join Kentucky Youth Advocates on Wednesday, May 19th at 10AM EST as we discuss caring for, and working with, kids and youth who have experienced trauma of any kind, including the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic and racialized trauma. Panelists will be Samantha Behmke, Head Start Behavior Intervention Specialist with Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative; Jill Gay, Director of Programs and Services at Family Nurturing Center; and Marcie Timmerman, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Kentucky.

RSVP & Submit Questions

Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for their support of the Advocate Virtual Forums. Learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with your family’s wellbeing in mind.

Aetna

Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care | May 12 2021


This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss supporting youth aging out of foster care in Kentucky. Thank you to our panelists, including Nikki Thornton, Executive Director of True Up; Paula Garner, President and CEO of Maryhurst; and Cynthia Schepers, a young adult who aged out of foster care.

Update and Lookahead on the State of Child Care | May 5 2021


We discuss updates on the state of child care in Kentucky. Topics include how the American Rescue Plan funds will be spent, update on Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) enrollment and outreach efforts, the plan for staffed family child care networks, and a lookahead to the 2022 state legislative session. Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Kentucky Division of Child Care; Senator Julie Raque Adams; and Representative Josie Raymond. View Dr. Vanover’s presentation slides.

A Conversation on Child Abuse Prevention Efforts in Kentucky | April 28 2021


Dr. Terry Brooks discusses child abuse prevention efforts and supporting Kentucky kids and their families with Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander. We also hear remarks from Governor Andy Beshear and Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, which founded and funds the Face It Movement. Learn more about the Face It Movement and view child maltreatment prevention resources and events at faceitmovement.org.

Closing the Gaps in Behavioral Health Care for Kids | April 21 2021


We discuss the behavioral health landscape for Kentucky kids and their families, including new Louisville-based qualitative research about barriers to kids receiving high quality care and potential solutions to those barriers. Thank you to our panelists from across the state who shared more about the effects of the past year and how they have navigated serving kids and their families during a pandemic.

Recap of the 2021 KY General Assembly | March 31 2021


This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we recap the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly with state Senator Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington) and Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Crofton). View the Bill Tracker to see the final status of 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priorities and other bills that are good for kids. Check out our blog for a recap of wins for kids in the 2021 legislative session.
Children's Advocacy Week

Children’s Advocacy Week 2021 Playlist | February 1-5, 2021


Watch–and share!–recordings of Children’s Advocacy Week. All events were recorded and are available on this YouTube playlist.

Children’s Advocacy Week is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, and Social Media Sponsors, AT&T and WellCare.

ADVOCATE VIRTUAL FORUMS

Join Kentucky Youth Advocates on Wednesday, May 19th at 10AM EST as we discuss caring for, and working with, kids and youth who have experienced trauma of any kind, including the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic and racialized trauma. Panelists will be Samantha Behmke, Head Start Behavior Intervention Specialist with Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative; Jill Gay, Director of Programs and Services at Family Nurturing Center; and Marcie Timmerman, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Kentucky.

RSVP & Submit Questions

Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for their support of the Advocate Virtual Forums. Learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with your family’s wellbeing in mind.

Aetna

Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care | May 12 2021

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss supporting youth aging out of foster care in Kentucky. Thank you to our panelists, including Nikki Thornton, Executive Director of True Up; Paula Garner, President and CEO of Maryhurst; and Cynthia Schepers, a young adult who aged out of foster care.

Update and Lookahead on the State of Child Care | May 5 2021

We discuss updates on the state of child care in Kentucky. Topics include how the American Rescue Plan funds will be spent, update on Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) enrollment and outreach efforts, the plan for staffed family child care networks, and a lookahead to the 2022 state legislative session. Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Kentucky Division of Child Care; Senator Julie Raque Adams; and Representative Josie Raymond. View Dr. Vanover’s presentation slides.

A Conversation on Child Abuse Prevention Efforts in Kentucky | April 28 2021

Dr. Terry Brooks discusses child abuse prevention efforts and supporting Kentucky kids and their families with Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander. We also hear remarks from Governor Andy Beshear and Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, which founded and funds the Face It Movement. Learn more about the Face It Movement and view child maltreatment prevention resources and events at faceitmovement.org.

Closing the Gaps in Behavioral Health Care for Kids | April 21 2021

We discuss the behavioral health landscape for Kentucky kids and their families, including new Louisville-based qualitative research about barriers to kids receiving high quality care and potential solutions to those barriers. Thank you to our panelists from across the state who shared more about the effects of the past year and how they have navigated serving kids and their families during a pandemic.

Recap of the 2021 KY General Assembly | March 31 2021

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we recap the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly with state Senator Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington) and Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Crofton). View the Bill Tracker to see the final status of 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priorities and other bills that are good for kids. Check out our blog for a recap of wins for kids in the 2021 legislative session.
Children's Advocacy Week

Children’s Advocacy Week 2021 Playlist | February 1-5, 2021

Watch–and share!–recordings of Children’s Advocacy Week. All events were recorded and are available on this YouTube playlist.

Children’s Advocacy Week is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, and Social Media Sponsors, AT&T and WellCare.

View Additional Recordings on YouTube.

BLUEPRINT PARTNERS

We welcome all interested organizations who support the Blueprint priorities to become a partner. Partners are listed on this website and other promotional materials.  Partners can be involved in the Blueprint in various ways, including:

  • Attending and promoting Blueprint events

  • Serving on work teams

  • Spreading the word about the Blueprint Policy Priorities

  • Calling, writing, and e-mailing policy makers

To become a Blueprint partner, fill out the online form.

BLUEPRINT PARTNERS

We welcome all interested organizations who support the Blueprint priorities to become a partner. Partners are listed on this website and other promotional materials.  Partners can be involved in the Blueprint in various ways, including:

  • Attending and promoting Blueprint events

  • Serving on work teams

  • Spreading the word about the Blueprint policy priorities

  • Calling, Writing, and E-mailing Policy Makers

To become a Blueprint partner, fill out the online form.

4C for Children
4Kids, A Faith Community Partnership
Aetna Better Health of Kentucky
Alternative Parents Action Council (APAC)
Americana World Community Center
Anthem Medicaid
Bart Baldwin Consulting
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Boone County CASA
BOUNCE
Boys & Girls Clubs Kentucky Alliance
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
CareSource
CASA by the Lakes
CASA for Kids of Kenton and Campbell County
CASA of the Bluegrass
CASA of Bullitt County
CASA of the Heartland
CASA of Madison and Clark Counties
CASA of Northeast Kentucky
CASA of Ohio Valley
CASA of the River Region
Catholic Conference of Kentucky
The Center for Women and Families
Centerstone Kentucky
Child Care Advocates of Kentucky
Children’s Alliance
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Behavioral Health
Children’s Law Center
Children’s Safe Haven
Coalition for the Homeless
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Community Options, Inc.
The Council on Developmental Disabilities
Creative Minds Academy
Daniel Pitino Shelter
Delta Dental of Kentucky
Dorman Preschool
Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition

Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO)
Face It®
Family & Children’s Place
Family Enrichment Center, Inc.
Family Nurturing Center
Fostering Futures-KFACA
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Heart of Kentucky United Way
Home of the Innocents
Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky
Jack and Jill of America, Derby City Chapter
JackBeNimble, Inc.
Jewish Family & Career Services
Kentucky Association of Food Banks
Kentucky CASA Network
Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Boards
Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Kentucky Council of Churches
Kentucky Dental Hygienists Association
Kentucky Division of Early Childhood
Kentucky Juvenile Justice Initiative
Kentucky Oral Health Coalition
Kentucky Out of School Alliance
Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children
Kentucky PTA
Kentucky School Talk
Kentucky Voices for Health
Kentucky YMCA Youth Association
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky’s Voice for Early Childhood
The Kidz Club
Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky
Kosair Charities®
Learning Grove
Lighthouse Academy at Newburg
Lotus Children’s Advocacy & Sexual Violence Resource Center

Louisville Family Justice Advocates
McNary Group
Mercy Health Kentucky
Metro United Way
Mother Hubbard’s Playhouse
Mountain Comprehensive Care – TFC
National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section
New Opportunity School for Women
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC)
Orphan Care Alliance
Our Lady of Peace
Passport Health Plan
Peace Education Program
Pediatricians Urging Safety and Health (PUSH)
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Public Life Foundation of Owensboro
REACH Program LLC
St. Joseph Children’s Home
St. Vincent de Paul Louisville
Save the Children
Sunrise Children’s Services
The Growing Place
Tri-County CASA
UCAN, Inc
UnitedHealthcare
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
United Way of Kentucky
University of Kentucky – Department of Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
Volunteers of America Mid-States
Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
YMCA of Greater Louisville
YMCA Safe Place Services Y-NOW Mentoring Program
YouthBuild Louisville

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