Cabinet for Health and Family Services http://wfpl.org en Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month http://wfpl.org/post/details-kentucky-child-care-subsidys-expansion-next-month <p>The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding&nbsp;eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:17:50 +0000 Joseph Lord 9802 at http://wfpl.org Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month Kentucky Child Care Subsidy to Cover 6,000 More Families. Here Are Some Details. http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-child-care-subsidy-cover-6000-more-families-here-are-some-details <p>The state will expand a child care subsidy to cover an estimated 6,000 more low-income working families starting in August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday evening.</p><p>Kentucky cut the Child Care Assistance Program last year because of a budget shortfall, causing <a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options">thousands of children to lose eligibility </a>and leading to <a href="/post/new-funds-kentucky-child-care-subsidy-may-not-reach-families-until-august">financial struggles for day care operators.</a></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:51:31 +0000 Joseph Lord 9616 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Child Care Subsidy to Cover 6,000 More Families. Here Are Some Details. New Funds to Kentucky Child Care Subsidy May Not Reach Families Until August http://wfpl.org/post/new-funds-kentucky-child-care-subsidy-may-not-reach-families-until-august <p>The state won't increase the number of Kentucky children who are eligible for a child care subsidy until late summer, adding to fears for the financial viability of some day care owners.</p><p>Some child care providers expected the increase to start July 1, but state officials plan for the Child Care Assistance Program increases to begin no sooner than August. The added weeks may prove costly to the state's child care businesses, child advocates say.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:43:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 9608 at http://wfpl.org New Funds to Kentucky Child Care Subsidy May Not Reach Families Until August At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students http://wfpl.org/post/risk-wfpls-3-month-look-lives-louisvilles-struggling-students <p></p><p>Kenneth Gray is from a poor family, raised by his grandmother alone. He grew up on 42nd Street in Shawnee, a part of town where opportunities are sparse. He’s African-American. By the statistics, the odds are stacked against him.</p><p>He is a “maybe kid.”</p><p>“Maybe you’ll go to class,” says Kenneth, 18. “Maybe you’ll graduate. Maybe you won’t drop out. Maybe you won’t go to prison.”</p><p>Or maybe he won’t.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:58:18 +0000 Devin Katayama 9423 at http://wfpl.org At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program http://wfpl.org/post/whats-next-kentucky-begins-restoring-its-child-care-subsidy-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecause of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ore low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help &nbsp;them cover child care costs, state officials said.</span></p><p>But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9187 at http://wfpl.org What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-child-abuse-panel-requesting-420000-meet-goals <p>An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.</p><p>The Child Fatality and Near Fatality&nbsp;Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases.</p><p>The panel—which consists of volunteer professionals ranging from law enforcement to child advocates—has reviewed dozens of cases, but the workload is heavy, says panel chair and retired judge Roger Crittenden.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:41:15 +0000 Devin Katayama 7443 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians http://wfpl.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-decrease-nearly-870000-kentuckians <p>Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.</p><p>As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience&nbsp;on average&nbsp;a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.</p><p>The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark&nbsp;Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7323 at http://wfpl.org Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy http://wfpl.org/post/three-months-after-cuts-nearly-19-percent-fewer-kids-using-kentuckys-child-care-subsidy <p>Kentucky&#39;s child care subsidy program for low-income working families has 18.6 percent fewer children participants than a year ago.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:49:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 7133 at http://wfpl.org Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy 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 Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/read-kentucky-spirit-lawsuit <p>Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/kentucky-spirit-sues-officially-break-its-medicaid-contract-0">sued</a> in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:27:10 +0000 Joseph Lord 2120 at http://wfpl.org Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit