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COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Landscape for Policies, Practices, and Systems Changes to Advance Racial Equity

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, advocates from across the state heard a discussion on changes in policies, practices, and systems that will advance racial equity for Kentucky kids and their families. Panelists include Karina Barillas, Executive Director of La Casita Center; Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy & Programming at Louisville Urban League; Keturah Herron, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Kentucky; and Vivian Lasly-Bibbs, Acting Director of CHFS Office of [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:24:29-04:00July 9th, 2020|Podcast, Race Equity|

What Gets Measured Gets Changed: A Conversation with Kentucky Young People

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, advocates heard from three young people from Barren, Harlan, and Jefferson counties about their unique experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the National KIDS COUNT data is reflected in their lives, and ideas for improving outcomes for every Kentucky child. 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 [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:27:20-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Podcast, Race Equity|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks was joined by the recently appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, Marta Miranda-Straub. DCBS includes a number of human services, such as public benefits, child care, child welfare, and more. They discuss challenges and opportunities and Commissioner Miranda-Straub's priorities around trauma-informed care and racial justice as she steps into her new role. This is part of a series of conversations where [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:30:37-04:00June 25th, 2020|Podcast, Race Equity|

Release of the 2020 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Terry Brooks shares Kentucky's measurable, but still inadequate, improvements in child well-being as highlighted in Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, how this data can be used as a guidepost as advocates and decision makers thoughtfully move forward from the immense and disparate impacts of the pandemic, and recommendations to expand opportunities for all Kentucky children to thrive. View the Kentucky State Data Profile Sheet, and read our press release. [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:30:58-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Kids Count, Podcast, Race Equity|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Realities Facing Parents Returning to Work

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the challenges of parents/caregivers returning to work and how employers and state systems can best support those parents. Panelists included Clanisha Coleman, Shawnee Club Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana; Bill Londrigan, President of Kentucky AFL-CIO; and Ashli Watts, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term [...]

By |2020-06-17T14:08:36-04:00June 18th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Future of K-12 Education

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our conversation on the future of K-12 education amidst the pandemic with the Kentucky Board of Education, including Chair, Dr. Lu Young, and member Patrice McCrary. They discuss the considerations for the 2020-21 school year, commitments to addressing inequities within the education system, the Kentucky Department of Education commissioner search, and more. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate [...]

By |2020-06-11T08:57:41-04:00June 11th, 2020|Podcast|

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 |2020-08-19T08:25:08-04:00May 28th, 2020|Podcast, Race Equity|

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|