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Launching the 2020 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth are launching the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children's 2020 policy and state budget priorities! The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for Kentucky kids. The Blueprint stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. [...]

What’s Next? Looking Ahead to 2020 for Kentucky Kids

This post was originally posted as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on November 26, 2019. Check out additional op-eds featured in the Courier Journal highlighting KIDS COUNT data from a youth formerly in foster care Christopher Hagans, school nurse Eva Stone, education leaders Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, and child care center director Kristie Dover. “So now what happens?” That’s the question posed by one of my twin 9-year-old granddaughters the day after the Nov. 5 election. [...]

2019 KIDS COUNT County Data Book: Latest County-Level Trends in Child Well-Being

The 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. “More than 1 million children in Kentucky are relying on all of us—from the statehouse to your house—to put them and their futures first. Kids’ issues are the common ground [...]

2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. “More than 1 million children in Kentucky are relying on all of us—from the statehouse to your house—to put [...]

Statement from Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Funding to Expand of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – There can be no question that the Kentucky General Assembly – through the leadership of Senator Wise and Representative Carney, along with a bipartisan cadre of legislative champions – gave Kentucky kids a historic win when it passed Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act. Ensuring that every Kentucky student is safe and connected [...]

By |2019-11-08T10:32:02-05:00November 8th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

2020 Open Enrollment and Former Foster Youth

The 2020 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 4, 2019 and goes through December 13th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. While November is National Adoption Month, we must remember those children who were not connected to a family and instead transitioned out of foster care into adulthood. Compared to youth in families, youth who age out of foster care have disproportionately [...]

By |2019-11-04T15:57:58-05:00November 4th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Celebrating (and Practicing!) Good Dental Hygiene in October and Beyond

By Alicia Whatley October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a great time to celebrate the critical work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. It’s especially important as we near Halloween and the endless amounts of candy that never seem to disappear. Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone at every age. Engaging in daily dental hygiene practices helps to prevent gum disease, cavities, [...]

By |2019-10-10T15:54:24-05:00October 10th, 2019|Blog, Health|

#BeThe1To

As National Suicide Prevention Month wraps up, we believe it’s important to discuss prevention efforts for children, teens, and young adults throughout the year. One way we’re committed to doing just that is through ongoing advocacy that emphasizes the mental health needs of Kentucky youth. The School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019 (SB 1), developed in response to the tragic 2018 Marshall County High School shooting, ensures all students are able to learn in a [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:59:41-05:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids

By Alicia Whatley Research shows that kids’ beverage choices are just as important as food choices for healthy growth and development. Teaching healthy beverage choices at a young age can help ensure healthy choices in the future. To guide healthy beverage choices for children, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, America’s Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have formed a campaign called Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids outlining the consensus [...]

By |2019-10-01T11:05:01-05:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Why Not Kids? Honoring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By Jamie Bloyd Kentucky is known for its basketball, bourbon, horses….and high cancer rates. Most Kentuckians are familiar with the high rates of lung cancer in our state. I was too, my grandmother having been diagnosed in my early 20’s. Most Kentuckians also know that we consistently rank at the very top of overall cancer incidence in the country. What I’ve found is that most Kentuckians don’t know that kids get cancer too and in [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:00:40-05:00September 26th, 2019|Blog, Health|