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Thank You: Wins for Kids in the 2021 General Assembly

The final gavel sounded on the 2021 General Assembly this week! This year, the Governor and the Kentucky General Assembly were tasked with crafting a continuation budget, addressing the systemic injustices that impact our children and families of color, advancing policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and other policy priorities that would be good for the communities they represent and the Commonwealth. If we take a second to reflect, that’s a heavy lift in a [...]

Statement on Final Budget Passage by the Kentucky General Assembly

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – From the start, the 2021 state budget process was filled with perplexing complexities. One, because the Governor and Kentucky General Assembly were tasked with crafting a continuation budget due to timing constraints brought on by the pandemic during the 2020 legislative session. Two, leaders were faced with tough decisions as Kentucky embraces the ongoing ripple effects of [...]

Supporting Child Hunger Efforts Beyond Nutrition Month

During Nutrition Month in March, national and state advocacy groups are asking for increased supports and efforts around feeding programs. As Kentucky continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we know child feeding programs are essential for kids and families as more than 20% of Kentucky households with children reported sometimes or often not having enough food to eat at the end of 2020, a rate that has been increasing since October. Temporary changes to [...]

By |2021-04-06T12:40:58-04:00March 31st, 2021|Blog, Economic Security, Health|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – With final passage by the Kentucky House of Representatives, Senate Bill 148 advances closer to becoming law today – good news for families, communities, and the economy. SB 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, is an important step to strengthen options for families seeking regulated home-based family child care in their community, especially as families across the commonwealth face child care deserts.   Even prior to the pandemic, over one in 10 parents quit a job, did not take a job, or greatly changed their job due to [...]

By |2021-03-16T17:52:42-04:00March 16th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

The American Rescue Plan: What’s in it and how will it impact families?

This week, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, the American Rescue Plan, which aims to deliver continued aid to the American people as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to subside. The legislation provides a total of approximately $1.9 trillion divided among numerous priorities and is considered to be among the most progressive pieces of legislation in a generation.   Here are some of the ways the American Rescue Plan will impact children and [...]

By |2021-03-11T20:44:36-05:00March 11th, 2021|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, advanced closer to its final passage today with approval by the House Health and Family Services Committee. SB 148 will begin to simplify the planning and zoning process for home-based small businesses that offer a regulated child care option to up to six unrelated children in their community. This measure is an important step to strengthen local options for families [...]

By |2021-03-05T13:02:50-05:00March 5th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 148 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Kentucky Senate passed Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, as an important step to strengthen local options for families seeking regulated home-based family child care. Kentucky has experienced a dramatic decline in the number of family child care home providers over the last decade, often due to burdensome planning and zoning requirements on [...]

By |2021-02-24T15:18:07-05:00February 24th, 2021|Economic Security, Education, News Room|

2021 Bills to Watch that Seek to Advance Race Equity for Kids

As our commonwealth works to overcome the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and systemic racism, Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children have a common vision of a brighter future for every Kentucky kid and their family. We are counting on legislative leaders to prioritize policies that advance race equity and address systemic racism in the current and future legislative sessions. We previously shared our commitment to ensure all policies within the 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy agenda [...]

Thank You to Our 2020 Census Champions Awardees

We love giving awards to decision makers who have stepped up for kids. This year during Children's Advocacy Week, in addition to the usual Champions for Children awards given to legislators who prioritized kids during last year’s General Assembly, we also gave 2020 Census Champions awards to those in state government who went above and beyond to promote a fair and complete 2020 Census count of the commonwealth. Going into 2020, I thought the [...]

Help Is On The Way for Child Care Providers: What’s Coming and How To Get It

Help is finally on the way for Kentucky’s struggling child care sector. We know that it continues to be a rough environment for child care providers  and their employees -- similar to other small businesses that rely on face-to-face interaction. The struggles of the pandemic continue to impact child care as much as, or perhaps even more than, ever before. In late December 2020 the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed into law a [...]

By |2021-02-12T11:27:14-05:00February 11th, 2021|Blog, Economic Security, Education|
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