Kentucky Youth Advocates http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-exploring-legal-avenues-against-parents-stricter-teen-curfew <p>In the wake of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville">a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville</a> led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.</p><p>That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9071 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading http://wfpl.org/post/report-two-thirds-kentucky-fourth-graders-arent-target-reading <p>Most Kentucky children aren't entering the fourth grade reading at grade level, according to a Kids Count report issued last week.</p><p>The gap in reading proficiency between children from low and high income families widened to about 30 percent from 2003 to 2013, &nbsp;said the report, issued by Kentucky Youth Advocates. That happened in 11 others states.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 8400 at http://wfpl.org Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session http://wfpl.org/post/greg-stumbo-kentucky-legislators-unlikely-restore-child-care-kinship-programs-session <p>Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting&nbsp;Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.</p><p>The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 8141 at http://wfpl.org Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking http://wfpl.org/post/oldham-county-no-1-kentucky-child-wellbeing-ranking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The best county in Kentucky for children is Oldham—or, at least, they're doing better there than in the state's 119 other counties, says a first-time ranking of the well-being of kids in the state.</span></p><p>For the first time, Kentucky Youth Advocates' Kids Count County Data Book has broken down the state's 120 counties, considering economic security, education, health and family/community support.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 7840 at http://wfpl.org Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking Report: State Earned Income Credit Could Generate $134 Million for Kentucky Families http://wfpl.org/post/report-state-earned-income-credit-could-generate-134-million-kentucky-families <p>A Kentucky nonprofit says a state earned income tax credit would help working families—and it would help pay for itself.</p><p>Kentucky Youth Advocates released an issue brief Tuesday that says one in four Kentucky taxpayers could benefit from a new state earned income credit, which would piggyback onto the existing federal earned income credit.</p><p>KYA Executive Director Terry Brooks added that the proposal, which could cost up to $134 million per year in the form of tax rebates, would also put money back into local economies.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:36:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7759 at http://wfpl.org Report: State Earned Income Credit Could Generate $134 Million for Kentucky Families Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-ranks-last-us-access-child-care-assistance-report-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.</span></p><p>The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.</p><p>In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:56:13 +0000 Joseph Lord 7305 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says How Louisville Metro Council Districts Compare in Child Well-Being http://wfpl.org/post/how-louisville-metro-council-districts-compare-child-well-being <p></p><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Lucida Grande'; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; ">Louisvillians can now see how their Metro Council district&rsquo;s are doing in children&rsquo;s health and well-being.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:36:57 +0000 Devin Katayama 7215 at http://wfpl.org How Louisville Metro Council Districts Compare in Child Well-Being After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program? http://wfpl.org/post/after-cuts-how-many-fewer-children-are-using-kentuckys-child-care-assistance-program <p>Earlier this week, Kentucky children's advocates and others lobbied state legislators to halt drastic cuts to a program that provides financial aid to low-income working families to cover child care costs.</p><p>Those cuts, announced earlier this year, changed the<a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options"> eligibility requirements for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. </a>They went into full effect on July 1.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been two months. Here's how many kids have lost access to CCAP.</p><p></p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:12:09 +0000 Joseph Lord 6931 at http://wfpl.org After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program? Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-child-care-cut-critics-push-general-assembly-expand-eligibility-2014 <p>Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.</p><p>Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented <a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options">drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. </a>The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6878 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014 Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds http://wfpl.org/post/childrens-advocates-rally-restoration-kentucky-child-care-kinship-program-funds <p>People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.</p><p>They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an <a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options">$86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.</a></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:17:09 +0000 Joseph Lord 6496 at http://wfpl.org Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds