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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 [...]

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, [...]

Statement on SB 158 Passing the House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The negative impact of wrong-headed and irrationally high stakes accountability and assessment on Kentucky’s kids – and on dedicated public school professionals – is incalculable. Kentucky students must have a rigorous education system but also deserve one that is developmentally appropriate.  And Kentucky’s educators merit an accountability system that recognizes their expertise. Senate Bill 158, sponsored by Senate [...]

By |2020-03-18T09:37:09-04:00March 18th, 2020|Education, News Room|

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 [...]

Statement on the Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Leaders in Frankfort frequently talk about our biennial state budget as really being a priority and value document rather than just a dollars and cents proposition. And the good news is the budget proposed by the Kentucky House, which passed the House floor with bipartisan agreement last week, places a strong priority on children and families. Among the [...]

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|

Statement on SB 45 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Many children across the Commonwealth spend a majority of their day in early childhood programs and those environments should focus on nurturing healthy development and learning. Today, the Kentucky House emphasized their support of that idea by passing Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, which seeks to strengthen licensed child care center standards on healthy eating [...]

By |2020-02-28T09:37:29-05:00February 27th, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|