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Kentucky Youth Advocates believes that every Kentucky kid deserves to grow up healthy, safe, and hopeful. That vision is elusive as long as a child’s skin color still shapes their opportunities. Advocates must work together towards racial equity for children of color, and we hope that these resources will be of use in that effort.

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DATA

What gets measured, gets changed. In order to learn more about the current realities for Kentucky kids who are Black and Brown, and to track progress towards equitable outcomes, advocates need data. Below are a number of resources with child and family well-being data disaggregated by race and ethnicity.

County, School District, and State Level Data

Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Annie E. Casey Foundation post numerous indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity on the KIDS COUNT Data Center. To filter the data by type of geography (e.g. county or school district), use the Locations toolbar on left side of page. Note that KYA only includes counties/school districts if there is reliable data for more than one racial group.

2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

The 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, the impacts of systemic racial injustice on children and families, and solutions to advance racial equity so that every child can thrive. The 31st edition of this publication also features the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the Commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many families in ways that do not yet show up in the data, the book identifies pre-existing challenges and areas of needed improvement.

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Kentucky KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard

Data by race and ethnicity for the state as a whole, featuring indicators in the latest edition of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book.

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Please contact Paul Colwell at pcolwell@kyyouth.org if you have questions about this data or need other data by race.

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Blueprint for Kentucky's Children

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky.

As the commonwealth works to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and address systemic racism, the Blueprint speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for all Kentucky kids and their families.

Learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children and how you can become a partner.

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PUBLICATIONS

  • Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky’s Children, Kentucky Youth Advocates (2020) – This issue brief highlights the prevalence of parental incarceration in Kentucky, the impact maternal incarceration has on children, and recommendations for state policy and practice change.
  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2019 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The 2019 Family & Community domain (pages 42-43) examines the disproportionate representation of children of color in Kentucky’s foster care system.
  • Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods, Annie E. Casey Foundation (2019) – A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlining how living in areas with concentrated poverty undermines child well-being.
  • Putting a Plug in the Abuse to Prison Pipeline, Kentucky Youth Advocates (2018) – The opening essay of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2018 County Data Book (pages 13-17) takes a dive into the impact of trauma, specifically abuse and neglect, on children’s short- and long-term health and well-being and the disproportionate impact on youth of color.
  • Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, Annie E. Casey Foundation (2017) – A report featuring index scores for children of every race in every state, based on 12 key indicators that serve as stepping stones to opportunity.
  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2017 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The four domain sections examine how Kentucky children fare based on race, place, and income for key indicators of child well-being: childhood food insecurity, 8th grade math proficiency, childhood health insurance coverage, and children in foster care.
  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The four domain sections examine how Kentucky children fare based on race, place, and income for key indicators of child well-being: financial stability, 4th grade reading proficiency, birthweight, and parental educational attainment.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2019 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The 2019 Family & Community domain (pages 42-43) examines the disproportionate representation of children of color in Kentucky’s foster care system.
  • Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods, Annie E. Casey Foundation (2019) – A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlining how living in areas with concentrated poverty undermines child well-being.
  • Putting a Plug in the Abuse to Prison Pipeline, Kentucky Youth Advocates (2018) – The opening essay of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2018 County Data Book (pages 13-17) takes a dive into the impact of trauma, specifically abuse and neglect, on children’s short- and long-term health and well-being and the disproportionate impact on youth of color.
  • Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, Annie E. Casey Foundation (2017) – A report featuring index scores for children of every race in every state, based on 12 key indicators that serve as stepping stones to opportunity.
  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2017 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The four domain sections examine how Kentucky children fare based on race, place, and income for key indicators of child well-being: childhood food insecurity, 8th grade math proficiency, childhood health insurance coverage, and children in foster care.
  • Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book, Kentucky Youth Advocates – The four domain sections examine how Kentucky children fare based on race, place, and income for key indicators of child well-being: financial stability, 4th grade reading proficiency, birthweight, and parental educational attainment.

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