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OP-ED: Synergy Can Be a Game Changer in Frankfort for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in The Courier Journal on January 15, 2021. Oxpeckers and zebras. Oxpeckers are small African birds which count on zebras as their key nutritional sources, eating the ticks that cluster on zebras. And zebras? Well, they depend on oxpeckers as pest control agents. The oxpeckers also make a hissing sound whenever they sense a threat, acting as the zebras’ early warning security system to escape to safer locales [...]

2021 State Budget Update and Call to Action

The legislature has been in session since January 5th and during this time the Governor has shared his budget proposal and the Kentucky House of Representatives filed a continuation version of the budget to expedite the process within this short legislative session. A continuation budget is exactly what it sounds like – how can we maintain, or continue, the state budget that was developed in 2020 into 2021. The Kentucky House and Senate have both [...]

Statement on Kentucky Senate Passage of State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As the Kentucky General Assembly concludes part one of this short legislative session, the Senate has passed the continuation budget proposal. While the process is advancing swiftly, we are encouraged that this action means leaders in the House and Senate and the Governor can begin negotiations that will ultimately lead to that priority and value proposal that supports [...]

The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly is Underway!

The 2021 General Assembly is underway! With Part 1 of the legislative session under our belt, many child advocates, partners, and citizens across the Commonwealth experienced a glimpse of a revised schedule, new safety measures in place, flow of committee and chamber meetings, continued budget proposal, and, of course, new legislators. With so many new and moving pieces it can be daunting to keep track, which is why we’ve drafted a quick reference for advocates! [...]

Statement on Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today’s passage of the state budget proposed by the Kentucky House signals the fast-track nature of the 2021 budget process. As it unfolds, we are encouraged to see a clear focus on Kentucky’s kids and families in the immediate and as our commonwealth addresses the deep impacts of the pandemic. As the state budget discussions continue, Kentucky kids [...]

Statement on Governor Beshear’s 2021 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As Governor Andy Beshear shared during tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address, this state budget proposal gives Kentucky families a life preserver in the immediate and is a catalyst to creating a post-pandemic commonwealth where all kids can thrive.  We are pleased to see that this budget embraces commitments that our legislative leaders and Governor share when [...]

What’s in the Latest Federal COVID Relief Package for Kids and Families?

After eight months of action alerts, advocate virtual forums, and urging our federal leaders to remember children and their families, the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed into law a $908 billion Coronavirus aid package in the closing days of 2020; the largest aid package in American history second only to the CARES Act passed in March 2020.   We’ve seen the news stories or heard the personal experiences of Kentuckians struggling to feed their [...]

By |2021-01-07T15:08:52-05:00January 7th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Statement on Latest Federal COVID-19 Relief Package

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – On the heels of the good news about promising COVID-19 vaccines, kids and families across the commonwealth and the nation received more good news – final passage of another much needed federal relief package. With leadership in Congress from Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Budget Committee Chairman Yarmuth, families will see an investment in the critical [...]

2020 Recap & Update on P-EBT Benefit

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many schools in Kentucky being closed for in-person learning since March. To help provide food supports for families, Kentucky has leveraged a federal program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). These benefits provide money that can be used on grocery items in place of free meals that children would receive at school. The first round of P-EBT covered the school days spent learning [...]

By |2020-12-17T17:21:49-05:00December 17th, 2020|Blog, Education, Health|

Children’s Advocacy Week: What You Need to Know (For Now)

Advocates, get ready! Children’s Advocacy Week is only six weeks away. While we are still sorting out final details based on legislators’ availability and whether or not we will allowed into the Capitol to film portions of the virtual events, here is what we do know: All Children’s Advocacy Week events will be virtual Each day will include a featured event (such as the Rally for Kentucky Kids), a Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children information session [...]

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