WHERE DO WE STAND NATIONALLY?

KENTUCKY RANK AMONG 50 STATES

The above statistics are taken from the “Big Bold Future” report.  To view this report in detail, click here.

KENTUCKY EARLY CHILDHOOD INDICATORS

PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT 41%
KINDERGARTEN READINESS 44%

The above are Kentucky statistics.  To see your individual Groundswell Community Profile, click here.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

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  • 92% of babies born in Kentucky in 2020, had health birthweight. That rising rate moves us to 31st, up from 37th in the 2020 rankings. – Continuing this progress will lead us to a “Big Bold Future”.
  • 56% of Kentucky children are living above 200% of poverty. We’ve lost ground from being 39th in the 2020 rankings. – We MUST do better.
  • 37% of children are participating in preschool. From 37th in the 2020 rankings, we’ve slipped to 38th. – We MUST do better.

Find more statistics below by clicking the “Big Bold Future Report”, or see how your School District is doing by clicking on the “Community Profiles” option.

POLICY & INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

We support legislation and budget allocations that increase access and quality in early childhood programs.  Policies enacted should:

  • Increase per-child funding and reimbursement rates to support preschool and childcare.
  • Incentivize local partnerships between public preschool and private childcare.
  • Increase eligibility for child care assistance and public preschool to at least 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • Maintain and expand HANDS, Kentucky’s evidence-based home visiting program to support families with children under age 3.

BIG BOLD ASK INCREASE OVER FY 2022

✔ $60 Million for FY 2023
✔ $120 Million for FY 2024

2023 Progress: 50%
2024 Progress: 30%

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

LOCAL PRACTICE PRIORITIES

  • Mobilize community strengths to build up local learning and quality of life
  • Use what you know about your distinctive place to find ways to support your unique learners

GROUNDSWELL ACTION SPOTLIGHT

Local leaders in the Owensboro/Daviess County community in Kentucky, led by the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro and Prichard Committee Chair Clay Ford, have taken the first steps to ensure a big, bold future for local children through the development of an early childhood ecosystem.

Community members there are building a template for early childhood success in Daviess County that will be a shining example of what local communities across Kentucky and the nation can achieve when local innovation and civic pride unites in the best interest of children. The group is working to ensure that all children receive access to high quality, voluntary early childhood education. By convening local leaders, parents, educators, and advocates, we can ensure that all parents in Daviess County and beyond have such an option for their young children. Together we can ensure that all children receive the strong start that they deserve, and that parents in the local workforce have access to safe, affordable care for their children throughout the workday.

The above story is taken from our “Groundswell Action” stories.  Groundswell Actions come from communities around Kentucky working to making a difference at the local level.  Read more of them here.