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COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Reopening and Future of Child Care

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks reflects on current events, confronting racism, and Kentucky Youth Advocates' recommitment to focusing on the impact of systemic racism on public policy and listening and learning from impacted communities. We also discuss the reopening of child care across Kentucky, including the anticipated impact on child care providers, families, and businesses and the continued advocacy needed so the sector can serve children. Listen to the conversation [...]

By |2020-06-03T21:40:43-04:00June 4th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on K-12 Education

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our conversation on K-12 education with advocates from across the state, including Penny Christian, president of the 16th District PTA in Lexington; Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, Dean of the Bellarmine University School of Education; Brent McKim, President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association; and, Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, Executive Director of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative. They discuss the realities of Non-Traditional Instruction, students' academic achievement, the [...]

By |2020-05-28T07:48:32-04:00May 28th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Terry Brooks was joined this week on an Advocate Virtual Forum by Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, to discuss the future of education and workforce–and more. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood [...]

By |2020-05-21T09:33:08-04:00May 21st, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Youth In and Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Nikki Thornton, Director of Program Operations at True Up, and Tia Humphrey, a member of the Voices of the Commonwealth. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting young people in or transitioning out of foster care and the supports they need to stay healthy and safe during this time. Join a virtual support group with VOC members every Friday at 3 PM CT/4 PM ET. RSVP [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:11-04:00May 12th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Abby Drane, President & CEO of Seven Counties Services and Bellewood & Brooklawn, and Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children’s Services. They discuss how their organizations have adjusted to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways they are helping the youth in their care and the families they serve cope with stress and trauma. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:32-04:00May 7th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on the DCBS Workforce

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood and Dr. Jay Miller, Dean of the UK College of Social Work. They discuss the priorities of DCBS during the pandemic, the importance of self-care and wellness of those in the helping professions, and how practices within the child welfare system will be impacted as the commonwealth reopens and recovers from the pandemic. This is part [...]

By |2020-05-05T11:36:30-04:00May 5th, 2020|Podcast|

Senator Gerald Neal

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Senator Gerald Neal to reflect on the 2020 legislative session, areas in which Kentucky must continue work for kids, and what to look forward to as the Commonwealth begins COVID-19 recovery efforts. Listen to Terry Brooks' reflections on the final state budget and 2020 wins for kids in our April 21st episode.

By |2020-04-29T14:08:53-04:00April 30th, 2020|Podcast|

KY House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade to reflect on wins for kids and families in the 2020 legislative session, areas in which Kentucky leaders must dig deeper for kids, and what to look forward to in 2021 as the Commonwealth begins COVID-19 recovery efforts. Listen to Terry Brooks' reflections on the final state budget and 2020 wins for kids in our April 21st episode. [...]

By |2020-04-27T14:00:25-04:00April 28th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on the HANDS Home Visiting Program

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family and Children's Place in Louisville, and Tammy Weidinger, president and CEO of the Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky. They discuss the critical services Kentucky's Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) home visiting program provides, current disruptions to the service for many Kentucky families, and the needs of HANDS providers and the families they serve now and post-pandemic. Families can learn [...]

By |2020-04-23T11:03:09-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Podcast|