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As the watchdog for Kentucky kids, Kentucky Youth Advocates is monitoring policy developments, collaborating with state and national partners, and communicating with decision-makers to help Kentucky through the COVID-19 crisis. Now, perhaps more than ever, Kentuckians are relying on state and federal leaders to prioritize kids, and organizations that work with families must rely on one another.

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ADVOCATE VIRTUAL FORUMS

Each week Kentucky Youth Advocates is hosting a forum where organizations, advocates, and decision-makers can hear from another and work together to best support kids and families during this difficult time.

Join us for our next Advocate Virtual Forum on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10:00AM EST for a discussion on the reopening of child care across Kentucky, including the anticipated impact on child care providers, families, and businesses–and the ongoing advocacy that will be needed to ensure the child care sector can continue to serve families. Panelists include Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care; Travis Burton with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; June Widman, Executive Director at Eastern KY Child Care Coalition; and, Jennifer Washburn, Executive Director of the iKids Childhood Enrichment Center. RSVP and submit questions.

Reality & Future of K-12 Education | May 27, 2020


A forum discussing the future of K-12 education amidst COVID-19. Featuring Penny Christian, President of the 16th District PTA; Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, Dean of Bellarmine University School of Education; Brent McKim, President of Jefferson County Teachers Association; and Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

The Future of Education and Workforce with Lieutenant Governor Coleman | May 20, 2020


A forum with Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Jacqueline Coleman, as we discuss the future of education and workforce–and more.

Families, Children & Young Adults in Foster Care | May 13, 2020


This forum addressed the impact of COVID-19 on foster families, children and young adults in foster care, and the organizations that serve them. Panelists include: Grace Akers, CEO of St. Joe’s Children’s Home; Dr. Austin Griffiths, Assistant Professor of Social Work at WKU and Director, Center for Child Welfare Education and Research; Tia Humphrey, UL student and member of Voices of the Commonwealth; and Dale Suttles, President of Sunrise Children’s Services.

Child Welfare Workforce | May 06, 2020


This forum discussed the child welfare workforce in the wake of COVID-19 and the resulting effects on kids and families. Panelists included Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood; Dr. Jay Miller, Dean of the UK College of Social Work; and Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers-Kentucky Chapter.

Looking Back at the 2020 KY General Assembly & Looking Ahead to 2021 | April 29, 2020


Senator Whitney Westerfield and Representative Josie Raymond joined advocates to look back at this year’s General Assembly and look ahead to 2021, including our state’s legislative and budget priorities related to COVID-19 recovery.

Health Care, Access, and Equity | April 22, 2020


This forum addressed health care, health access, and health equity for kids and families in the wake of COVID-19. Panelists include: Lisa Lee, Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services; Veronica Cecil, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Dr. Donna Grigsby, UK Healthcare Pediatrics; and Dr. Nikki Stone, UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center.

Prioritizing Kids and Families in Upcoming Federal Stimulus Bills | April 15, 2020


Partners and staff from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office discussed prioritizing kids and families in upcoming COVID-19 federal legislation.

Federal Supports for Families | April 08, 2020


This forum discussed the federal supports recently passed by Congress and how those will impact the lives of Kentucky families and the businesses that serve them. Featuring Deb Stein, Network Director of Partnership for America’s Children.

COVID-19 Sector Impact | March 25, 2020


A forum about the impact of COVID-19 on sectors serving kids and families, including remarks from Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Eric Friedlander.

ADVOCATE VIRTUAL FORUMS

Each week Kentucky Youth Advocates is hosting a forum where organizations, advocates, and decision-makers can hear from another and work together to best support kids and families during this difficult time.

Join us for our next Advocate Virtual Forum on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10:00AM EST for a discussion on the reopening of child care across Kentucky, including the anticipated impact on child care providers, families, and businesses–and the ongoing advocacy that will be needed to ensure the child care sector can continue to serve families. Panelists include Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care; Travis Burton with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; and child care providers. RSVP and submit questions.

Reality & Future of K-12 Education | May 27, 2020

A forum discussing the future of K-12 education amidst COVID-19. Featuring Penny Christian, President of the 16th District PTA; Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, Dean of Bellarmine University School of Education; Brent McKim, President of Jefferson County Teachers Association; and Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

The Future of Education and Workforce with Lieutenant Governor Coleman | May 20, 2020

A forum with Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Jacqueline Coleman, as we discuss the future of education and workforce–and more.

Families, Children & Young Adults in Foster Care | May 13, 2020

This forum addressed the impact of COVID-19 on foster families, children and young adults in foster care, and the organizations that serve them. Panelists include: Grace Akers, CEO of St. Joe’s Children’s Home; Dr. Austin Griffiths, Assistant Professor of Social Work at WKU and Director, Center for Child Welfare Education and Research; Tia Humphrey, UL student and member of Voices of the Commonwealth; and Dale Suttles, President of Sunrise Children’s Services.

Child Welfare Workforce | May 06, 2020

This forum discussed the child welfare workforce in the wake of COVID-19 and the resulting effects on kids and families. Panelists included Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood; Dr. Jay Miller, Dean of the UK College of Social Work; and Brenda Rosen, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers-Kentucky Chapter.

Looking Back at the 2020 KY General Assembly & Looking Ahead to 2021 | April 29, 2020

Senator Whitney Westerfield and Representative Josie Raymond joined advocates to look back at this year’s General Assembly and look ahead to 2021, including our state’s legislative and budget priorities related to COVID-19 recovery.

Health Care, Access, and Equity | April 22, 2020

This forum addressed health care, health access, and health equity for kids and families in the wake of COVID-19. Panelists include: Lisa Lee, Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services; Veronica Cecil, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Dr. Donna Grigsby, UK Healthcare Pediatrics; and Dr. Nikki Stone, UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center.

Prioritizing Kids and Families in Upcoming Federal Stimulus Bills | April 15, 2020

Partners and staff from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office discussed prioritizing kids and families in upcoming COVID-19 federal legislation.

Federal Supports for Families | April 8, 2020

This forum discussed the federal supports recently passed by Congress and how those will impact the lives of Kentucky families and the businesses that serve them. Featuring Deb Stein, Network Director of Partnership for America’s Children.

COVID-19 Sector Impact | March 25, 2020

A forum about the impact of COVID-19 on sectors serving kids and families, including remarks from Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Eric Friedlander.

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

PBS Kids resources for families, educational activities, and tips on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19

Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement: Parenting During COVID-19

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child information about early childhood development during COVID-19

Microsoft Family Learning Center has safe and simple, family-led learning experiences for ages 3 to 12

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

PBS Kids resources for families, educational activities, and tips on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19

Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement: Parenting During COVID-19

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child information about early childhood development during COVID-19

Microsoft Family Learning Center has safe and simple, family-led learning experiences for ages 3 to 12