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The Fruits of Our Labor: New Child Population Data

Remember the 2020 Census? It seems like forever ago in this topsy turvy world, but it was just last year (April through October) that everyone in the U.S. was asked to complete the short questionnaire to determine how many people live here. Despite the many challenges wrought by the pandemic, our state achieved a higher self-response rate for the 2020 Census than in 2010! The fruits of our labor paid off – and when I say “our” [...]

By |2021-08-19T16:01:16-04:00August 19th, 2021|Blog, Kids Count, Race Equity|

Would I Even Know If My Child Has A Developmental Delay?

I will never forget waiting to hear the nurse say how big my children were after giving birth to them. I expected to hear an inflated number because it felt like I had just given birth to a baby elephant every time. Some of the first pieces of information we receive about our children after birth are developmentally-based . . . their weight and height. Vision, hearing, and other tests follow. We wait to hear [...]

By |2021-08-12T16:33:36-04:00August 12th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

National Immunization Month – It’s Important for Your Kids to be Up-To-Date on Vaccinations and Here’s Why!

As child advocates, we want to do everything in our power to assure that Kentucky children are healthy and protected against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. A simple and important step in that process is getting children vaccinated. We know questions may arise from parents, guardians, and caretakers around why you should get your child vaccinated and how many vaccines does my child need. National Immunization Awareness Month is an opportune time to highlight the [...]

By |2021-08-27T12:59:00-04:00August 12th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

#TakeCareKY Week 2021

As the 2021-22 school year begins gearing up throughout the Commonwealth, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of school supply shopping, school schedules, and extra-curriculars. With the uptick in busy schedules and new worries that we might experience in the coming weeks, it is so important to take time to slow down and care for ourselves.  To help do just that, Kentucky Youth Advocates and our partners at the Bounce Coalition are teaming up again this year for [...]

By |2021-08-05T15:29:24-04:00August 5th, 2021|Blog, Health|

Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity

CONTACT: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity Launches Statewide Initiative Named Bloom Kentucky LOUISVILLE, KY - A collaboration of dedicated grantmaking organizations from across Kentucky gathered today in celebration of the launch of Bloom Kentucky, an initiative focused on statewide policy change that aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of childhood adversity. "Bloom Kentucky is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort supported by several grantmaking organizations from [...]

UPDATE on 2021 Summer EBT and Child Care P-EBT

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that programs such as Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) have been successful in providing students and their families with needed grocery money while students were learning from home throughout the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to announce that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has received approval to issue P-EBT benefits to eligible children ages 0-5 and summer EBT benefits for eligible children ages 0-5 and those in [...]

By |2021-08-19T16:48:46-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

Thinking Critically About Race and Its Impact on Kentucky’s Children

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” — President Abraham Lincoln As parents, we want to protect our children. We want to wrap them in love and ensure that they are treated with respect. We want them to have access to the best opportunities and [...]

By |2021-08-11T14:32:30-04:00July 30th, 2021|Blog, Education, Race Equity|

Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky: Virtual Summit

Join Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky for the Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit on Thursday, September 2nd. The summit will be a two part series to learn about the current landscape of kinship care at the state and national level, and then prioritize an action agenda with kinship and fictive kin caregivers across the commonwealth. Part 1: The Kinship Summit will be on Thursday, September 2, 2021 for kinship and fictive [...]

By |2021-08-23T10:13:43-04:00July 26th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Celebrating National Parents’ Day

This post from the Kosair Charities Face It Movement originally appeared as a blog post in July 2021. National Parents’ Day is Sunday, July 25. On this day (and all of the others), we recognize parents and caregivers and celebrate teamwork in raising kids. Parenting is hard work! It takes a LOT of time, energy, and loads of PATIENCE. Those who are raising and caring for children may not realize it, but caring for a child [...]

By |2021-07-22T16:31:09-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Friendly Reminder: Yes, It’s Time to See Your Dentist!

This post from the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader, Kentucky Health News, and Northern Kentucky Tribune in July 2021. By Dr. Stephanie Poynter and Linda Poynter, PHRDH, BHS  Like many Kentuckians, we are eager for a summer of “back-to-normal” activities – backyard BBQs with neighbors, family trips to our favorite state parks, and evenings at the county fair.  One big “back-to-normal” activity for families across the Commonwealth this summer is reviewing that ever-growing back-to-school checklist. As a dentist and dental [...]

By |2021-07-15T10:32:31-04:00July 15th, 2021|Blog, Health, Race Equity|
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