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A Snapshot of Child Care in Kentucky

Last spring, Congress delivered an historic increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) at a critical time for children and families in Kentucky. The Bevin Administration is utilizing the additional $42 million to cover identified gaps in access to high-quality child care, including increase provider payment rates, increase eligibility at re-certification so that parents do not suddenly lose child care assistance when they get a promotion or better paying job, remove [...]

By |2019-08-15T12:24:22-04:00August 15th, 2019|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

How Do Kentucky’s Current Youth Compare to a Generation Ago?

The Annie E. Casey Foundation published the first KIDS COUNT Data Book in 1990 to provide a comprehensive picture of American children and their families that was comparable across states. With the release of the 30th edition last month, we’re looking back to see how Kentucky’s current youth are faring compared to those in 1990 (approximately one generation ago). Reviewing a variety of key indicators of child well-being we see areas where Kentucky has [...]

5 Things to Know About the 2019 Census Test

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting a test in preparation for the 2020 Census next year. Your household might be asked to participate in this test, or a participant may turn to you for more information about it. Here is what you should know about the 2019 Census Test: 1. This is just a test – the actual decennial census takes place in 2020. 2. 480,000 households are receiving a questionnaire – half will [...]

6 Takeaways from the 2019 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators of well-being to rank each state across four domains — health, education, economic well-being and family and community — and calculate an overall rank. Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, 37th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 25th in health, and 43rd in the family and community domain. [...]

“Anything Can Be” Moment for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on June 18, 2019.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Shel Silverstein, the late and wonderful children’s author, urges: “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” With the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 [...]

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost Continued investments will support young children, working families, and the state economy LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from Kentucky Youth Advocates and several key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners highlights how the recent federal investment in child care is fueling local economies and offering opportunities to working families. Last Spring, Congress increased funding for child care assistance through the [...]

Federal Child Care Investment is Paying Off in Kentucky

Last Spring, Congress delivered an historic increase in funding for child care assistance and the Bevin Administration quickly put the additional $42 million to good use including raising provider payment rates, easing how quickly families lose CCAP when they get raise or better paying job, and allowing enrollment in education/training to fulfill the 20-hour work requirement. Supporting access to affordable, quality and reliable child care is a win for young children, working parents, and our state economy. [...]

By |2019-05-28T14:42:48-04:00May 24th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education|

Guest Post: Ending Child Care Deserts Is Possible in 2020 and We Would All Benefit

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader on April 18, 2019.  By Cindy McGaha and Andrea Woodward Will Wright’s recent article about Kentucky’s child care deserts brought much-needed attention to the lack of available and affordable child care in the state. Two crucial points we want to emphasize in response are that all of us—whether or not we have children—have incredible gains at stake when we advocate for increases to federal child care subsidies, [...]

By |2019-04-22T11:53:43-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security|

Gavel Comes Down, Party Decorations Go Up: Cheers for Children Celebration on April 11th

As the gavel falls on the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly, party decorations are going up! Kentucky kids—and the committed advocates, caregivers, and volunteers who support those kids every day—have a lot to celebrate. On April 11th you can join the celebration at Cheers for Children, Kentucky Youth Advocates’ annual fundraiser where we ask for your support as the independent voice for Kentucky kids in Frankfort. (Check out a recap of last year’s event, including photos, [...]