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4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Local News
9:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy to Cover 6,000 More Families. Here Are Some Details.

The Southside Christian Child Care center on Klondike Lane.

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.

Kentucky cut the Child Care Assistance Program last year because of a budget shortfall, causing thousands of children to lose eligibility and leading to financial struggles for day care operators.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New Funds to Kentucky Child Care Subsidy May Not Reach Families Until August

Southside Christian Child Care's Klondike Lane location.

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.

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.

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6:58 am
Wed May 28, 2014

At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students

Bryan "Kenny-Man" Bishop and his sister Bryana at home.
Credit Angela Shoemaker for WFPL News

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.

He is a “maybe kid.”

“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.”

Or maybe he won’t.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program


 Because of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, more low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help  them cover child care costs, state officials said.

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.

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Local News
11:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals

Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chair of Kentucky's Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases.

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.

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Local News
5:30 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians

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Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.

As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience on average a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.

The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.

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Local News
6:49 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy


Kentucky's child care subsidy program for low-income working families has 18.6 percent fewer children participants than a year ago.

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Local News
7:17 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds


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.

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 $86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.

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12:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit

Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has sued in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.

Ky Spirit Lawsuit