Kids Count Initiative

Society
4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Calloway Highest Ranking Western Kentucky County for Child Well-Being

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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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Poverty
12:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ky. Kids Living in Poverty at All-Time High

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  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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Government
12:46 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

KYA Kids Count Report Finds High Child Poverty Rate

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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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Front Page Episodes
9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Kentucky Ranks 35th in National Child Welfare Report

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the Kids Count Data Book this week, which ranks states according to their efforts in child well-being. Kentucky ranked 35th in the nation in this year’s report, with education and health care ranking as the state’s lowest contributing factors. Drew Adams speaks to the foundation's Associate Director of Policy, Research, and Data, Laura Speer  about the Commonwealth’s ranking and how it may pull itself up by the bootstraps.

The Kids Count Data report can be accessed here