Latest KIDS COUNT data book shows continued poverty, but progress in other areas

11/20/2017 05:48 PM

The state of kids in Kentucky continues to be a mixed bag, as Kentuckians get a county-to-county view of child well-being in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Youth Advocates’ 2017 KIDS COUNT data book shows some progress in key areas, but also persistent challenges facing youth, their parents and care givers.

“What we hope happens is this Fall book, where we really get down to very targeted items would allow that county judge executive, that mayor, that local superintendent to say that young people in our county – here is what we need,” Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Dr. Terry Brooks said in an interview on Pure Politics.

The common theme, Brooks said is that for all 120 counties there is not a single county that is improving in every area, and not a single county declining in every area.

View the county level profiles here.

Watch the full interview to get Brooks take away on key areas of data including: persistent poverty, positive health outcomes, means testing for kinship care, children in out-of-home care and why the time is now to confront non-cognitive factors that lead towards achievement gaps.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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