Child Care Advocates of Kentucky
A Unified Voice, Your Voice
MAKING THE VOICE FOR CHILDREN HEARD
Child Care Advocates of Kentucky formed in December 2012 because we, as providers, had been sitting by and observing a general disconnect taking place between state government and child care centers. January 31, 2013 was the date that showed just how amazingly wide the gap had become. On that date the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services outlined a timetable that in essence would, over time, halt Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). These changes brought about a red alert to a number of long time non profits, who are known leaders in supporting early childhood education advancements. If we were to be a part of bringing CCAP back we knew we had to connect with these groups and ask them to help define our role. What we could not have known was that we were about to experience a world class two track roller coaster ride that at times went down and up at the same time; and at all times kept us in suspense. The steep down slide started to play out on April 1, 2013 when thousands of children lost access to child care as a result of a reduction of federal funding to Kentucky. What will be a 16 month long slide down will end August 4th. This is the announced date by the state for the CCAP roll out.
The up side of this unreal ride has ended up outweighing the down. Over the past 15 months we have watched media sources, such as the CJ editorial group, comment and support advocacy efforts tied to CCAP restoration. These writings were always on point, logical and aided our goal. During the initial phase of planning the CCAK board was able to expand and bring on representatives from Children Inc., Hazard-Perry County Community Ministries and 4C’s. Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates invited our involvement with the organization’s Blueprint Committee on Early Childhood. We were able to have participation and also watched first hand as Terry and his staff steered the many professionals in the room to partake in a collective vision. Terry knew working together we could see it accomplished. He was correct. In the effort to gain support for CCAP, child care advocates have realized two pinnacle accomplishments. One was the 2014 vote taken by both houses to fund and bring back CCAP. Yes, the first fiscal year was reduced some, but the great news received was that the 2nd FY (2015-16) funding was brought back to the same long time in place level for an eligibility threshold at up to 150% of the current Federal Poverty Income Guideline. Another pinnacle point on this coaster ride occurred on June 20th. This is when the Governor announced the particulars of when and how CCAP would be brought back. The August 4th start date is most timely. This allows parents on the program to have their childcare arrangements made prior to the mid-August back to school start date. The second aspect was the announcement of a higher than expected threshold being used. The 2014-15 FY rate will allow more working families to apply than was anticipated.
Our organization is thankful most of all to the elected officials. Child Care Advocates of Kentucky have strong supporters, coming from both parties, and both houses. We watched as these men and women put in the hard work and without questioning allowed us to call upon them. They listened and acted. In January 2014 Governor Steve Beshear gave his last budget address. To our elation the Governor recommended a full CCAP restoration for both fiscal years of the upcoming biennium. He made crystal clear how strong a priority high quality early childhood education must be for our state. And he accented well the role that licensed child care centers must play. The state’s number one office holder became our number one advocate!
Our role for assuring a providers’ voice will continue to be an important one. We stand ready to serve and welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone interested.
Brenda Bowman, Richard Morris, Ruth Ann Hornback and Steve Magre
Child Care Advocates of Kentucky
July 1, 2014
Address is 3000 Eastpoint Parkway, Louisville, Ky. 40223
WHAT WE DO
· Children’s Advocacy
· Host Rally’s
· Meet with legislators
· Distribute Information to legislators
· Provide testimony at public hearings
· Present considerations to the Cabinet
· Print, News and Radio Media
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Community Coordinated Child Care
Brenda Bowman, CCAK President, Southside Christian Child Care
Richard Morris, CCAK Vice President, Louisville Child Care Center’s
Ruth Ann Hornback, CCAK Secretary/Treasurer, Angel House CDC’s
Janet Masterson, Community Coordinated Child Care
Mike Hammons, Children Inc.
Kay Rue, Kindercare Learning Centers
Lynn “Boogie” Morris, “Let’s Go Play” Academies
Sean Woody, Kids Play Child Care, Inc.
Adrienne B. Bush, Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Inc.
Steve Magre, Staff Support
Contact Us today to learn how you can help.