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A new report says the oral health of Kentucky children is getting worse despite having a greater access to dentists. 

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For the first time since 2001, an oral health survey will be undertaken in Kentucky.

The Making Smiles Happen Surveillance Initiative will assess the oral health of Kentucky third- and sixth-grade students.

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A new report shows poverty is the main obstacle facing Kentucky children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Report shows one in four Kentucky children live in poverty, which affects their health, education, and overall well-being.  

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The executive director of a children’s advocacy group says he believes Senate leadership will give the smoking ban bill a fair hearing. 

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A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly.  Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.

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A new Kentucky Youth Advocates study shows Calloway to be the 5th best county in the Commonwealth for Overall Child Well-Being, its second year in the top 5. 

See where other counties in our listening area ranked for child well-being. 

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The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty.

A Kentucky Youth Advocates and Kids Count report has found Calloway is the top county in far western Kentucky for child well being.

Overall, Calloway ranked third behind Oldham and Boone counties. The report released Tuesday measured each county in four areas: economic security, education, health and family and community strength.


Kentucky Youth Advocates has released a report that says 1 in 4 Kentucky taxpayers could benefit from a state-level earned income credit.

KYA released an issue brief today that says the credit would piggyback onto the federal earned income credit. That could yield up to $337 per applicant, with little to no administrative cost to state government.

A child's future can be thwarted for years afte enduring several negative family events—a divorce, substance abuse in the home, an incarcerated parent, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, citing research.

And Kentucky has among the highest percentages of children who have had three or more of those adverse experiences in their homes, Brooks said.

He's speaking to data released this morning in the report Kids Count: The First Eight Years, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates.