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17Sep 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on Child Care

By |September 17th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss recent state enacted child care changes and the impact on families and providers. Panelists included Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Kentucky Division of Child Care; June Widman, executive director, Appalachian Early Childhood Network; and Dawn Thompson, Assistant Director, and [...]

10Sep 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Kinship Families

By |September 10th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss kinship care in Kentucky amidst COVID-19, the important role of support groups, and what advocates can do to stand up for kinship families. We also presented a new handbook for relative caregivers to use as a resource as they navigate [...]

27Aug 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Understanding and Mitigating Trauma

By |August 27th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the trauma of the dual pandemics--COVID-19 and racial inequities--for kids and families and what schools and community organizations can do to create supportive environments that can help build resiliency. Panelists include Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy and [...]

20Aug 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with Congressman John Yarmuth

By |August 20th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we are joined by Chair of the U.S. House Budget Committee, Representative John Yarmuth, for a continued discussion around pending COVID-19 relief packages and more. View our COVID-19 Action Hub to take action on federal priorities for Kentucky kids and families. Review [...]

13Aug 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Federal Action Needed for Kids and Families

By |August 13th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our discussions about priorities for kids and families as Congress debates the next federal COVID-19 relief package, including the U.S. House of Representatives' HEROES Act and the U.S. Senate's HEALS Act. To localize those ongoing federal conversations, we heard from [...]

05Aug 2020

COVID-19 Impacts on the Kentucky Child Welfare Community: A Public Health Crisis Meets a Vulnerable System

By |August 5th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we share report findings and facilitate conversations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child welfare system. In the spring, Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, set out to get a better understanding of how the public [...]

30Jul 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on the Federal Advocacy Landscape

By |July 30th, 2020|Tags: , |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks is joined by Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus on Children, to discuss the landscape of ongoing federal advocacy needs for additional COVID-19 relief for Kentucky kids and families. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine [...]

23Jul 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Children with Special Needs

By |July 23rd, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the challenges facing kids with special needs and their families during COVID-19, including shifting services during quarantine, increased needs within schools, preschools, and the home, and opportunities for budget investments and policy changes. Panelists include Dana Eckert, Case Manager with [...]

16Jul 2020

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Hunger and Food Access

By |July 16th, 2020|Tags: |

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks was joined by Dr. Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture; Leah Feagin, Vice President of the Kentucky School Nutrition Association; and Kate McDonald, KY Kids Eat Coordinator with Feeding Kentucky. They discuss challenges and bright spots in [...]

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