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Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Expansion of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced its amendment to the state’s Medicaid plan to allow districts to utilize federal Medicaid funding to expand school-based health services and connect more Kentucky students with the preventive health and behavioral health services they need. That is no mere regulatory revision; it is a game changer for kids and [...]

Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost Continued investments will support young children, working families, and the state economy LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from Kentucky Youth Advocates and several key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners highlights how the recent federal investment in child care is fueling local economies and offering opportunities to working families. Last Spring, Congress increased funding for child care assistance through the [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Majority Leader McConnell’s Tobacco-Free Youth Act

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Child welfare and juvenile justice have animated Leader McConnell’s commitment to kids. With his sponsorship of the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, you can add health to his legacy as a champion for children. Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Tim Kaine filed the Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide [...]

By |2019-05-20T13:09:37-04:00May 20th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Senator McConnell Federal Tobacco-21 Legislation Announcement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced plans to introduce a “tobacco 21” bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide from age 18 to 21. This proposal could prove to be a profound piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the health and well-being of not only Kentucky children [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:54:10-04:00April 18th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, April 11th, Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted the Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration to celebrate progress for kids during this year’s legislative session and to honor community advocates who helped make that progress happen. In the 2019 legislative session, four Kentucky Youth Advocates and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills were passed by the General Assembly and signed [...]

By |2019-04-12T10:12:54-04:00April 12th, 2019|News Room|

Keeping Kentucky Kids in Foster Care Connected to Families: Steps Ahead, Miles to Go

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Keeping Kentucky Kids in Foster Care Connected to Families: Steps Ahead, Miles to Go New 10-year Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Kentucky Lags Behind Other States LOUISVILLE, KY – Though the data show stagnant progress from 2007 to 2017, Kentucky has recently demonstrated its commitment to prioritizing family-based placements for children in foster care, according to “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care [...]

By |2019-04-02T08:16:31-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Final Passage of HB 11

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Tobacco conversations in Kentucky are complex and bring lots of pressures on our elected leaders, and that is why House Bill 11 is such a profound win for Kentucky’s kids. We’re hearing cheers across the Commonwealth as it clears its final hurdle of the 2019 legislative session. HB 11 establishes a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy, and that [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:04:09-04:00March 28th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Kentucky Senate unanimously supported House Bill 2 to affirm the critical role that thousands of grandparents and other relatives serve as they step up to care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. As HB 2 heads to the Governor's desk for signature, it should serve as the launch pad needed to ensure a [...]

By |2019-03-14T20:25:16-04:00March 14th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 11 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kids win when their leaders prioritize them, and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee did just that today with their passage of House Bill 11. With more and more Kentucky middle and high school students using tobacco products like e-cigarettes, a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy is the step in the right direction to protect the next generation [...]

By |2019-03-14T09:53:40-04:00March 14th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|