The Kentucky General Assembly begins a special legislative session on August 19. While the state seems unable to find dollars for the youngest children in Kentucky, it ended its fiscal year with a $70.6 million surplus. We want to use this opportunity to let state legislators know that “It’s raining on kids” and its time to “Fund Kids First” including restored funding to the Child Care Assistance Program and the Kinship Care Program.
Since April 1, no new families have been able to receive child care assistance or apply for the Kinship Care Program. Child care assistance helps low-income working families afford child care while the Kinship Care Program provides financial support to grandparents and other relatives who are raising children because they cannot live safely with their parents. In addition, the state changed income eligibility limits for child care assistance from 150 percent to 100 percent of the poverty level, causing 8,700 families to lose child care assistance each month.
Hundreds of advocates and families across the state have spoken out or signed-on in opposition of these cuts. On Monday, August 19 many more advocates and families plan to stand up for kids on the opening day of the special legislative session.
Join us at a Rally to Fund Kids First: Monday, August 19 in the Capitol Rotunda starting at 11:00am
Bring with you…
– Bring an umbrella to use as a visual – “It’s raining on kids”
-a poster board sign (without a stick) that says, “Fund Kids First” or “It’s raining on kids” or some other similar message. We will have some extra signs if you are not able to make your own.
When you arrive, make sure to get…
-a sign if you aren’t bringing your own
-a picture with your legislator as you hold your sign
-a paper umbrella with a message to the Governor and your state legislators
-10:30: Make a sign for the rally and start filling the Rotunda and Mezzanine in the main Capitol building
-11:00am – Rally starts
-11:30am – Greet House Representatives on the steps of the House Chambers as they go into session. Take pictures with legislators on the back terrace with umbrellas and “Fund Kids First” signs
-12:00pm – House in session