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OP-ED: Latinx Families Hit Especially Hard by COVID, But There is a Silver Lining

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Karina Barillas Karina Barillas, La Casita Center COVID-19 has brought the health of Kentuckians into focus and reminded us that we face a collective challenge to staying healthy and accessing the health care we need. The pandemic affects us all, but affects us differently, depending on resources, meaningful access to services and information, and privilege or knowledge about navigating health [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:06:52-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Health, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Remote Learning Exposes Deep Digital Divide Hurting Kids Across Kentucky

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Dr. Kish Cumi Price and Alicia Sells One of the longest-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the loss of education opportunities for children across our commonwealth. While undertaken for the public health of our communities, school closures and shifts to remote learning have presented numerous, ongoing challenges for students. These range from loss of face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers, [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:09:20-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Education, Kids Count, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Creating a Path to Recovery to Reduce Parental Incarceration

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chaly Downs and Jennifer Hancock Chaly Downs, Freedom House Graduate The latest Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book provides the annual look at how children are faring in each county. For community partners to policymakers, the data book is a roadmap – it tells us where our Commonwealth can do better to give Kentucky children the opportunities they need [...]

OP-ED: There’s No Time to Lose – We Must Invest in Child Care Now

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chuck Denny, Cori Gadansky, and Rose Smith Child care is essential. Never in modern times have we experienced greater understanding of the vital role that child care providers play in our community. Parents rely on safe, affordable child care – whether at a licensed center or a home-based setting – to be able to work. Employers depend on reliable child care [...]

By |2020-11-23T13:49:46-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Let’s Flip the Destiny for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  Jyoti Arora in You Came Like Hope asserts, “it takes only a moment for the destiny to flip over.” The haunting message emanating from the 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book is that far too many boys and girls in the Commonwealth had their destiny flip the moment they were born. Because of the zip code in which they live. Because of [...]

2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org   2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families Featuring the latest county-level data for key measure of child well-being Louisville, KY – The 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families with data disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 30th edition of this [...]

Self-Care Is More Than Deep Breathing, Essential Oils, and Chocolate

By Kayce Dallas, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates “Self-care is giving the world the best of you instead of giving the world the rest of you." The first thing my mom asks when I call and complain to her how stressed I am is, “did you take time for yourself today?” I often forget how important it is to take care of myself. I am a full-time student getting my masters degree in Social [...]

By |2020-11-05T14:00:36-05:00November 5th, 2020|Blog, Health|

Open Enrollment 2021 is Here!

The 2021 open enrollment period for health insurance began November 2, 2020 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provides free or low-cost health coverage to low-income Kentucky families, pregnant women, and children in foster care. This coverage will provide Kentuckians the access to receive routine health care services and [...]

By |2020-11-12T08:57:14-05:00November 4th, 2020|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

We See You, We Support You: The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Kentucky Youth

By Danielle Hempel, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates In 2015, See Us, Support Us was created as a month-long opportunity in October to build national awareness, visibility, and support for children whose parents have been incarcerated. Kentucky has the third highest rate in the nation of children who have experienced parental incarceration. In 2017-2018, 12 percent of all children in the Commonwealth had experienced the incarceration of a parent, exceeding the national average of 7 [...]

12 Months Later: Family First Virtual Forums in Kentucky

Throughout the month of November 2020 there will be a round of nine virtual forums related to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department for Community Based Services, and Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs.  In the summer of 2019, the same groups hosted nine in-person regional forums to introduce Kentuckians to the Family First Prevention Services Act and get a better [...]

By |2020-11-25T11:06:48-05:00October 27th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|