House committee advances child care bill that could free up zoning issues

BY: - February 22, 2024

A bill that encourages local governments to examine available zoning for child care centers in Kentucky passed out of a House committee Thursday 12-2 with one pass.  House Bill 561 sponsor Rep. Samara Heavrin, R-Leitchfield, said her bill encourages local officials to “​​make sure there’s not any regulation preventing childcare centers from opening in their […]

Republican senator will ask Kentucky lawmakers to put $300 million into strengthening child care

BY: - February 12, 2024

Republican state Sen. Danny Carroll has announced his anticipated child care legislation will come with a $300 million, two-year price tag.  The ambitious proposal, called the Horizons Act, would have Kentucky spend far more than the $104 million over the biennium approved by the House for the child care sector and the $141 million that […]

Bill helping ‘kinship care’ families wins unanimous Senate support

BY: - February 8, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill aimed at giving more financial help to “kinship care” Kentuckians who are raising a minor relative — such as a grandchild or niece — passed unanimously out of the Senate on Thursday.  Senate Bill 151 would allow kinship caregivers to change their placement status from temporary custody to a child-specific foster […]

Senate bill could spare kinship care families in Kentucky from making a costly decision

BY: - February 6, 2024

FRANKFORT — When Kentuckians learn that a grandchild, nephew, niece or other young relative is being removed from an unsafe home, some families make a decision that later robs them of needed resources.  That could change under a bill that passed unanimously out of the Senate Families and Children Committee Tuesday.  Many people who step […]