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Supporting the Watchdog for Kentucky Kids During COVID-19

Now, more than ever, Kentuckians are relying on state and federal leaders to make decisions that put families first. As the watchdog for Kentucky kids, the team at Kentucky Youth Advocates is monitoring policy developments, collaborating with state and national partners, and communicating with decision-makers to help Kentucky through this crisis.   We are standing guard for kids and activating solutions at a local, state, and national level for every Kentucky kid.  And that is why now, more than ever, Kentucky Youth Advocates is relying on you. We [...]

What’s New in the World of Tobacco and E-cigarette Cessation

State Update Kentucky continues to make strides towards reducing the youth and teen use of e-cigarette products. The Kentucky House took an important step by passing Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado, which codifies in state law the legal purchase age of tobacco products to 21 and removes penalties for youth under age 21 for purchase, use, and possession of tobacco products. This Blueprint for Kentucky's Children priority bill was just signed into [...]

By |2020-03-27T17:58:59-04:00March 25th, 2020|Blog, Health|

For Kids, For Families, For You: Kentucky Youth Advocates Navigates COVID-19

“It’s been a tough few days” feels like an understatement when describing the COVID-19 crisis. My family is struggling to come to terms with this “new normal” of social distancing—be it for three weeks, or many weeks beyond that. And I know that every other family across Kentucky is grappling with their own challenges. With that in mind, I wanted to give you a couple of updates about how Kentucky Youth Advocates is responding to [...]

Forging Ahead: 2020 General Assembly Carries On

Today’s Kentucky is very different from last week’s Kentucky. Social distancing and the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are affecting the daily life of every Kentuckian—and the 2020 General Assembly. As of now, the legislature is moving forward on the passage of bills and the state’s biennial budget. Kentucky Youth Advocates, along with many other partners across the state, are continuing to track the progress of bills and work with [...]

One More Lesson from the Pandemic: How the Census Provides for the Most Vulnerable Among Us

By Terry Brooks, Kevin Middleton, and Jill Seyfred The coronavirus pandemic has provided a number of lessons for us as individuals, as community members, and as a country. We’ve learned serious lessons like what social distancing is and how to practice it, as well as lighter lessons like how much toilet paper our families use in a month. Another lesson that has become increasingly clear to us: how much the decennial census permeates the institutions, [...]

Count All Kentucky Kids in the 2020 Census

The 2020 census is here! The census is a once in a decade opportunity to count every person—adults, children, and babies—living in the United States. The population data gathered during the census count is used for everything from funding allocations for critical programs that serve kids and families to drawing voting districts and planning locations for new schools, hospitals, and retail centers. Most children benefit from at least one of the hundreds of federal programs [...]

Guest Post: Early Childhood Educators Have an Important Role to Play in the 2020 Census

This blog was originally written by Deborah Stein for the Count All Kids Campaign in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This spring, early childhood educators can help secure crucial funding and reduce inequities for the next decade when they work to count all young children in the 2020 Census. When all young children are counted, their communities then get their fair share of over 800 billion dollars a year [...]

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Not How We Build Resilient Students

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on February 28, 2020.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Folk wisdom versus folk myths always intrigue me. For instance, which of these statements are true? Toilet flushes spin in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than human mouths. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Salty water boils more quickly. Bats are blind. The Great Wall of [...]

By |2020-03-05T17:36:14-05:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

“How are 12-year-olds getting vapes?”

Senate Bill 56 aims to protect Kentucky youth from e-cigarettes and other harmful tobacco products and would ensure Kentucky complies with the federal minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products and eliminate purchase, use, and possession penalties for youth up to age 21 so children and teens can grow into healthier adults. This week bill passed The House Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting a vote by the full Kentucky House.   By Abbi Stratton Abbi Stratton, a student at Graves County High School and a member of the [...]

By |2020-03-05T17:28:28-05:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Health|

Investment in Child Care is an Investment in Kentucky Kids, Families, and Local Communities

We asked, and YOU delivered! In our previous blog post, Kentucky Youth Advocates asked our community partners to “remain an active voice for Kentucky’s kids” by calling on our congressmen in Washington, D.C. to support the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  Your efforts were not in vain.  In fact, our collective voice secured an additional $550 million dollars in federal CCDBG allocations! Kentucky will receive over $10 million of that investment. We march [...]

By |2020-02-27T11:29:09-05:00February 27th, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Education|