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Let’s Listen to the Voices

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on December 9, 2016. Join us at the Morning Meeting - a kindergarten ritual across classrooms in this state and country. At the start of each day, little ones are sitting on a colorful rug “criss-cross applesauce” style around their teacher sharing the calendar, reciting the days of the week, and discussing the weather. Children are then asked to volunteer their own personal good news for [...]

By | 2016-12-14T12:18:22+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

We Must Do Better By Them

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on December 9, 2016. I live in Lexington, but like most all native Eastern Kentuckians, the answer to the question, “Where are you from?” is that I was born and raised in a place called Stinking Creek in Knox County. That used to be embarrassing, but now I am proud of it. A few years ago, my father was told that his death was imminent [...]

By | 2016-12-10T11:32:40+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

Kids Deserve Security and Hope

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on December 5, 2016. I’ve lived in Kentucky my entire life. I grew up like many other kids in the more rural areas of the Commonwealth. I grew up climbing trees in my backyard and playing in the creek near my house. Although many of the wonderful experiences I had as a child were fairly normal, my childhood overall was far from conventional. I am [...]

By | 2016-12-07T16:20:19+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

Can Kentucky Handle the Truth?

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal on December 5, 2016. It is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time: Kentucky’s own Tom Cruise plays attorney Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, and Jack Nicholson is Colonel Nathan Jessup in the 1992 film, A Few Good Men. You surely remember. Kaffee is pushing the Colonel and pushing him hard. The irascible Nicholson shouts, “You want answers?” And the usually cool Cruise explodes back, [...]

By | 2016-12-04T09:28:26+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

Place, Income and Race Impact Kentucky Children’s Opportunity to Thrive According to the KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org JEFFERSONTOWN, KY – The Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book provides a snapshot of children by county, including county-level rankings of child well-being based on 16 different indicators. The counties with the highest rankings on child well-being include (in order) Oldham, Boone, Spencer, Woodford, and Ballard Counties. Detailed data are available for every county in Kentucky. Please click here for your county’s profile. This year’s book goes a step further [...]

By | 2016-12-04T07:17:36+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Kids Count, News Room|

Using Data to Make a Difference

In the work that we do, it is imperative that we use data to inform our decisions and help children and their families access the resources they need. But with so many different tools and resources, it can be hard to find trusted information. That’s where the Data Center comes in. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center contains thousands of child well-being indicators related to education, poverty, health, and youth risk factors. [...]

By | 2016-10-18T09:58:32+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

Kentucky Kids Need Your “WHYs?” and “WHAT IFs?”

This week, the New York Times featured an article from Warren Berger, the author of the wonderful book "A More Beautiful Question." Berger reminded organizations of the power of asking, “Why?” and “What If?” Two weeks ago you read about the data side of the recently released 2016 National Kids Count Data Book. This week I’d like to apply Berger’s interrogatives to that data. WHY does child poverty get ignored in the political chatter in Frankfort? And [...]

The 2016 National KIDS COUNT Data Book: Is Kentucky Top Dog or Rock-bottom?

This week, we co-released with the Annie E. Casey Foundation the national 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. We get pretty excited about this release because the Data Book provides the best assessment of how Kentucky’s children and youth are faring in comparison to those across the nation. Let’s face it, we live in a very competitive state – think basketball and horse racing – so we eagerly await the Data Book to see if Kentucky [...]

By | 2016-06-21T16:58:16+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Send in Photos of Your Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for photos of Kentucky kids to include in the 2016 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and other Kentucky Youth Advocates publications. We know you all proudly share pictures of your kids and grandkids by carrying them in your wallet and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Here’s a great chance to promote those great kids through Kentucky Youth Advocates’ materials. We need your photos by August 31st so please start sending them in. In order to [...]

By | 2016-06-08T15:44:26+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

The Story of 1 of 135,000 Kentucky Kids

Ashley* shares her story as part of the release of a new KIDS COUNT® policy report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. She is one of 135,000 Kentucky children who has had a parent incarcerated, according to data collected in 2011/2012. By Ashley When I was 12, I discovered that my mom was addicted to drugs. It was hard for us from then on. As her drug addiction worsened, my [...]