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Recapping the 2021 Special Session & Impact on Kids

Last week’s special session entered our minds and news feeds as quickly as it has now disappeared. Alongside the Beshear Administration and members of the General Assembly, we will continue to assess the results with an eye for the 2022 legislative session and two-year state budget. As we shared in our statement on the special session, there is no group of Kentuckians that deserves decisive action more than our young people – and the good [...]

By |2021-09-21T11:55:20-04:00September 16th, 2021|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

Updates on Bills Impacting Kids in the Special Session

This week, the Kentucky General Assembly has convened for a special session related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Kentuckians safe, and looking ahead to recovery for all Kentucky kids and their families. At this moment, House Joint Resolution 1 passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor, which extends or expires certain emergency orders through January 15, 2022.  Also, House and Senate companion bills have been filed and are moving through the legislative process [...]

Statement on Priorities for Kids During the Kentucky General Assembly Special Session

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The easy path as we approach this special session is to devolve to conventional thinking – that the pandemic and Kentucky’s recovery efforts are too polarizing and too complex for thoughtful and direct solutions. Yet, we attest a hope that the special session can be a landmark moment when the General Assembly and the Governor come together for [...]

Increasing Compensation is Key to Ensuring Child Care is Available for Kentucky Families

As we’ve shared throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the current public health crisis has shown that without child care, our families, our communities, and the economy cannot successfully function. And as many early childhood advocates and providers have continually shared, the pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges facing Kentucky’s child care workforce as a result of limited public investment. According to a survey conducted in late 2020, following mandated shutdown of child care centers to protect [...]

By |2021-09-02T14:29:52-04:00September 1st, 2021|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

Would I Even Know If My Child Has A Developmental Delay?

I will never forget waiting to hear the nurse say how big my children were after giving birth to them. I expected to hear an inflated number because it felt like I had just given birth to a baby elephant every time. Some of the first pieces of information we receive about our children after birth are developmentally-based . . . their weight and height. Vision, hearing, and other tests follow. We wait to hear [...]

By |2021-08-12T16:33:36-04:00August 12th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

National Immunization Month – It’s Important for Your Kids to be Up-To-Date on Vaccinations and Here’s Why!

As child advocates, we want to do everything in our power to assure that Kentucky children are healthy and protected against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. A simple and important step in that process is getting children vaccinated. We know questions may arise from parents, guardians, and caretakers around why you should get your child vaccinated and how many vaccines does my child need. National Immunization Awareness Month is an opportune time to highlight the [...]

By |2021-08-27T12:59:00-04:00August 12th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity

CONTACT: Mara Powell Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity Launches Statewide Initiative Named Bloom Kentucky LOUISVILLE, KY - A collaboration of dedicated grantmaking organizations from across Kentucky gathered today in celebration of the launch of Bloom Kentucky, an initiative focused on statewide policy change that aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of childhood adversity. "Bloom Kentucky is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort supported by several grantmaking organizations from [...]

UPDATE on 2021 Summer EBT and Child Care P-EBT

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that programs such as Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) have been successful in providing students and their families with needed grocery money while students were learning from home throughout the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to announce that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has received approval to issue P-EBT benefits to eligible children ages 0-5 and summer EBT benefits for eligible children ages 0-5 and those in [...]

By |2021-08-19T16:48:46-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Blog, Education, Health|

Thinking Critically About Race and Its Impact on Kentucky’s Children

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” — President Abraham Lincoln As parents, we want to protect our children. We want to wrap them in love and ensure that they are treated with respect. We want them to have access to the best opportunities and [...]

By |2021-08-11T14:32:30-04:00July 30th, 2021|Blog, Education, Race Equity|

5 Considerations for Your Child’s Education

If we are honest, there are a lot of things to be stressed about when we think about how our kids are doing after enduring a clear disruption to their schooling. But before you let the panic pile on, here are some things families should consider concerning their child's academic success post-pandemic: 1. Your child has been through a very difficult time and may be experiencing academic fatigue. Although there may be some anxiety concerning [...]

By |2021-07-15T13:42:30-04:00July 13th, 2021|Blog, Education, Health, Race Equity|
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