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Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - KY: Early Childhood Education

Researchers estimate that more than 1 million children were missed in the U.S. population count for the 2010 census. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky households now can complete the 2020 census form online or by phone. That's the message children's advocacy groups want residents to know as the national survey begins. Kevin Middleton, president of United Way of Kentucky, said counting kids is even more urgent as public

Nearly 30,000 Kentucky children are cared for through the federally funded Child Care Assistance Program. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's child care centers are able to offer support to more working families since the state received $42 million in additional funding last year, according to a survey by the advocacy group Kentucky Youth Advocates. More than 120 child care providers in 43 counties said

Policy experts say the per-student funding gap between Kentucky's poorest and wealthiest school districts continues to grow. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The school day might look a little different for Kentucky kids this year, as districts figure out how to function with fewer dollars. Senior Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Ashley Spalding explained that for more than a decade, in order to make ro

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

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