This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss young children with special needs, including early identification of special needs and how communities, service providers, and policymakers can support these kids and their families. A special thank you to our panelists: Ivy Alexander, Executive Director of CHFS Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs; Judith Bradley, Founder of Jack Be Nimble; and Kristen Williams, Executive Director of Play Cousins Collective.

Learn more about the First Steps program, the Ages & Stages framework, and the Family to Family program.

NOTE: Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for parents and caregivers of children with special needs who are willing to share their experiences and help shape advocacy efforts. If you or if you know parents or providers that would be interested, please contact Debbie Abreu at

Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for supporting the Making Kids Count podcast. Visit to learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with your family’s wellbeing in mind.