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Back to School with Kentucky Kids

There has been some serious excitement in my house this week, as our daughters prepare for their first days of school. We’ve gone to school to deliver their bags of school supplies – crayons, markers, scissors, notebooks, and glue sticks. We’ve visited their classrooms and met their new teachers. We’ve picked out their first-day-of-school outfits and prepared their new backpacks. In our house, back to school is a pretty big deal. My first- and third-grader [...]

By |2018-08-15T10:33:01+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Ensuring Stability for Youth in Foster Care as They Go Back-to-School

Back to school time is a mixed bag full of emotions. Parents are rejoicing at the prospect of having a routine again, while also mulling with the fact they must send their kids away for longer periods of time, or maybe for the first time. Kids on the other hand, are excited to be back at school and around their friends all day, but the return of school also means the return of homework and [...]

By |2018-08-08T10:57:54+00:00August 8th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Why Does the Census Count Matter?

Photo provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation As a part of the U.S. Constitution, America has one chance every decade to count each resident through the decennial census. The census count helps determine everything from how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives, the number of state legislative districts needed, how much federal funding is allocated to states and localities, and which communities need a new elementary school, [...]

Thank You for Sharing Your Ideas for Kids!

A few weeks ago, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates reached out to advocates like you and asked you to provide input on the greatest challenges facing Kentucky kids today—and the policy changes that our state government could make to address these challenges. Your feedback is invaluable as Blueprint for Kentucky's Children partners continue to develop the 2019 policy agenda. More than 130 advocates filled out the survey, representing counties across the commonwealth and many sectors [...]

Drawing on Kentucky Expertise to Increase School Safety

In January of this year, Kentucky students, parents, teachers, and school administrators were rocked by the tragedy that happened in Marshall County. Two young lives were cut short when their futures held so much potential. On the heels of that tragedy, the Kentucky legislature created the School Safety Working Group as a process for legislators and state leaders to gather information from experts on school safety and make recommendations for action. Earlier this week, the [...]

By |2018-07-12T17:08:34+00:00July 12th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Hard Work Takes Sweat but the Pay Off is Sweet

Not much beats fresh picked fruit in the summertime. Recently we went to pick blueberries on a nearby farm, and it reminded me of summer days picking strawberries in my grandmother’s garden. The work was hard and the weather hot, but we always knew there would be strawberry pie for supper. We continued that tradition this weekend, making a fresh blueberry pie from the fruit we picked. The final result definitely made the hard work [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:20:56+00:00July 11th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health, Justice|

Protect Gains in Child Well-Being with an Accurate 2020 Census Count

Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book tells us some good news for Kentucky kids, as most of the data trends in health, economic well-being, education, and family and community show continued progress. But, without an accurate count of all Kentucky kids in 2020, we risk leaving money on the table that could be used [...]

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Improved Child Outcomes and Continued Areas of Need in Kentucky

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Improved Child Outcomes and Continued Areas of Need in Kentucky Accurate count in 2020 census critical to sustaining progress Louisville, KY – Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s standing is due in part to progress in family economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births, and parental [...]

Five Minutes, Your Feedback, and Brighter Futures for Kentucky Kids

We at Kentucky Youth Advocates believe that Kentucky can become the best place in America to be young and that we should settle for nothing less. Over the past several legislative sessions, the Kentucky General Assembly and state government have taken significant steps to improve the lives of children in the Commonwealth, and we are excited about those wins for kids. Yet, we still have a long way to go until all children in Kentucky [...]

My 5 Go-To Strategies for a Successful Summer Break Transition

This post was originally featured as a Kosair Charities® Face It Movement® to End Child Abuse parent blog. School’s out for the summer which means it’s time to stock up on extra food and toilet paper! Here are a few tips that help me transition to summer breaks: 1.Activities– I try to plan weekly activities well in advance by looking for local kid-friendly events in our area and talking to friends about day camps, playdates, days [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:25:52+00:00June 6th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|