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State of America’s Children Report: KY Kids Need a Hand Up

January 12, 2009

Frankfort, KY – The Children's Defense Fund has crunched the numbers to provide a portrait of the status of kids. The new "State of America's Children" report finds that the number of children living in poverty nationwide is up by 500,000, and child poverty continues to be persistent in Kentucky, where about 235,000 youngsters live in poor families.

CDF spokesman Ed Shelleby says the recession could send more children below the poverty line, and that puts them at risk because the systems meant to soften their situation are shrinking along with the economy.

"As state budgets are squeezed, more families and more children are thrown off Medicaid and thrown off the State Children's Health Insurance Program."

The good news? Center-based child care, often considered early-learning focused, is less expensive in Kentucky than in most other states.

Shelleby acknowledges that critics say states and the federal government cannot afford to expand systems to support kids in poverty. But he points out that billions of dollars are being discussed for an economic rescue package, and he says CDF wants to make sure kids are included.

"What we need to see is a real investment in human capital as we move forward."

The full report is available at

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - KY