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Local News
6:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

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Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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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

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 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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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

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In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading

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Most Kentucky children aren't entering the fourth grade reading at grade level, according to a Kids Count report issued last week.

The gap in reading proficiency between children from low and high income families widened to about 30 percent from 2003 to 2013,  said the report, issued by Kentucky Youth Advocates. That happened in 11 others states.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session

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Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting 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.

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.

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Local News
12:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking

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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.

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. 

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: State Earned Income Credit Could Generate $134 Million for Kentucky Families

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A Kentucky nonprofit says a state earned income tax credit would help working families—and it would help pay for itself.

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.

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.

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says

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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.

The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.

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.

In Kentucky, the program fares worst.

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Local News
6:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

How Louisville Metro Council Districts Compare in Child Well-Being

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Louisvillians can now see how their Metro Council district’s are doing in children’s health and well-being.

“Certain issues impact children regardless of where they live,” says Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the organization has released county-specific report, braking down education, health and economic data to provide a comprehensive snapshot of Louisville children. 

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Local News
7:12 am
Sun September 22, 2013

After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program?

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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.

Those cuts, announced earlier this year, changed the eligibility requirements for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. They went into full effect on July 1. 

It's been two months. Here's how many kids have lost access to CCAP.

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