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2:40 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

KYA's Terry Brooks Reacts to Smoking Ban's Chances in Ky Senate

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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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6:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Near Bottom in Child Care Assistance for Low Income Families

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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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3:59 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Calloway Ranks in the Top 5 Kentucky Counties for Child Well-Being

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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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4:16 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky One of Worst States for Underprivileged Children

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

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4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Calloway Highest Ranking Western Kentucky County for Child Well-Being


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.

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1:16 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kentucky Youth Advocates Recommends State Earned Income Credit

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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.

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8:57 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Bad Experiences Hurt Kids' Lives for Years. Kentucky Leads the U.S. in Them, Report Says

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 11:02 pm

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.

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2:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

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

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:23 pm

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.

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12:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ky. Kids Living in Poverty at All-Time High


  Kentucky has improved its overall rating in an annual report measuring the well-being of children around the country. But the number of Kentucky kids living in poverty is at an all-time high.

Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. He says last year was the first time ever the commonwealth had to say more than one in four children are living in poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book shows that rate has slightly increased to 27 percent. But Brooks says if you add up all the indicators including health, economic well-being, education and community, the state is ranked 34th, which is the best rating it’s had over the last decade.

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12:46 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

KYA Kids Count Report Finds High Child Poverty Rate


State lawmakers return to Frankfort in two weeks, and the head of Kentucky Youth Advocates says there are a few steps they should take to address lingering issues affecting children. The latest Kids Count report shows that about a quarter of Kentucky's children live in poverty. In western Kentucky Fulton County recorded the highest rate, with 41 percent, and Carlisle County had the lowest rate at 15.8 percent.

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