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New census figures say Kentucky's median income is up as more people are working, but the state still has one of the nation's highest poverty rates. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky continues to have one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, showing only slight improvement in 2015. New Census Bureau figures show 18.5 percent of Kentuckians lived in poverty last year, down six-tenths of a percent from 2014, but still higher than just before the re

A new coalition of education, economic and health groups is calling on state lawmakers to find consensus on how to increase revenue in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A diverse alliance of education, economic and health organizations has formed to send Kentucky lawmakers a message – the state needs to increase revenue. The Kentucky Together Coalition comes just days after Gov. Matt Bevin proposed deep budget cuts to many parts of st

A new report shows spending on tobacco prevention in Kentucky is tiny compared with what the tobacco companies spend on marketing their products in the state. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is spending $2.5 million this year on tobacco prevention, 36th in the nation, according to a new report. But, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reveals tobacco companies are blowing that effort away spending an estimated $292.8 million on marketing their products in the st

Increasing state support for kinship care is a key recommendation in a new foster care issue brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A leading child advocacy group in Kentucky wants the state to lift its moratorium on new enrollments in its Kinship Care Program so more financial support can go to relatives caring for children who have been removed from their parents. That is one of the recommendations in a n

Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being according to a new report. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – When it comes to child well-being, Kentucky is 34th in the nation according to an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2015 Kids Count Data Book, out today, finds that compared to the beginning of the recession in 2008, Kentucky has made improvements in 1

PHOTO: Training of educators to spot signs of potential child abuse is not mandated in Kentucky. Lawmakers will be asked to change that during their 2015 legislative session. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Educators in Kentucky are required to report child abuse, but unlike other professionals who regularly interact with kids, state law does not ensure that teachers are trained on how to spot the problem. State lawmakers, who return to Frankfort next week, will be asked to change that

PHOTO: Making sure parents aren't brushing off the importance of their child's oral health is the idea behind a new program aimed at reducing tooth decay among Kentucky's youngest. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Teams of early childhood professionals from across the state are in Louisville today learning how to help parents improve their children’s' oral health. The so-called Train-the-Trainer approach is one of the many ways the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is trying to re

PHOTO: While applauding the restoration of child care assistance funding in Kentucky, advocates say continued improvements are needed. The owner of this child care center in Louisville says reimbursement rates need to be increased. Photo courtesy Angel House Child Development Center.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – It was hailed as a major victory for children in Kentucky when, earlier this year, the Legislature restored funding for child care assistance. But, advocates say additional improvements are needed, including expanded eligibility and making sure providers are reimbursed a

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