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

CHILDREN BELOW 200% OF POVERTY: 44%
DEGREE ATTAINMENT: 36%

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

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

  • Here’s a bright spot! Students who enroll in Kentucky two-year career and technical schools are graduating at rising rates, putting us 6th in the nation.
  • Kentucky’s median household income has increased with inflation, but our rank of 44th is unchanged from our 2020 report.  – We need to do better.
  • 65% of voting-age Kentuckians participated in the 2020 election.  Our ranking jumped to 15th, a big step up from 25th in the 2020 rankings.  – Growth like this is how we can build a Big Bold Future for Kentucky.

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%
2023 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.