Sarah Vanover

Republican lawmaker seeks to put hope on horizon for early childhood, Kentucky parents

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — When Jessie Schook, the vice president of workforce and economic development for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, tells people she is expecting her first child in June, many want to know: “Are you on a (child care) list?”  The wait to get a new baby into a child care center can […]

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 […]

Despite increase, House budget won’t save Kentucky child care from ‘cliff,’ advocates say

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — Faith Lutheran Learning Center, a child care provider in Lexington, is already operating on a budget deficit.  And while the GOP budget that came out of the House Thursday does some good for child care, center director Charla Heersche said it’s not enough to keep her out of the red. COVID-era federal dollars […]

Kentucky Senate committee ponders coming crisis in child care

BY: - January 9, 2024

FRANKFORT — In a year when Kentucky’s child care providers are looking to the legislature for a financial lifeline, a Senate committee heard an overview Tuesday of what its chairman called “one of the most pressing issues” facing the General Assembly . Several members of the Senate Families and Children Committee, including chairman Danny Carroll, […]

Kentucky child care advocates say Beshear’s budget doesn’t do enough 

BY: - December 21, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear is asking the legislature to spend $141 million over the next two years to stabilize the child care industry, but some advocates for children say that won’t be enough. Beshear’s budget proposal comes as pandemic-era federal assistance is ending, leaving Kentucky’s child care providers to face potential closures, tuition increases and wage […]

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What now? Child care in Kentucky faces a cliff as pandemic-era federal aid has ended

BY: - November 21, 2023

Rylee Dakota Monn’s salary as a day care teacher mostly went to pay for child care for her own two sons. “I was working full time but I wasn’t making any money for myself or making much of a contribution to the household,” said Monn, who works at Baptist Health Child Development Center in Lexington. […]