Jan. 16 event sponsored by Cabinet for Health and Family Services
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2018) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host the first-ever Child Welfare Summit at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium next month, and prospective participants should save the date.
Participants in the “Transformers of Child Welfare” event on Jan. 16, 2019, will focus on transforming child welfare in Kentucky, and leading the nation in implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act.
This inaugural event is open to anyone with an interest in helping improve our system of care for our kids, frontline staff, foster families and other partners.
The day will include experts from around the state and country from Casey Family Programs, Chapin Hall at University of Chicago, Kentucky Youth Advocates, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and many more.
Registration will be open soon and a schedule is forthcoming. Cost is only $20 and includes lunch. Join CHFS and its partners to make this first event an amazing time of shared vision and optimism for Kentucky’s families!
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Learn more about CHFS at chfs.ky.gov.
$42 million in Child Care Block Grant Will Help Kentucky Families, Providers
Funding puts job training, education within better reach for working parents
Note: This corrects the effective year of one of the grant’s changes listed below.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2018) – Families with young children and child care providers will benefit from federal funding and new state regulations that became effective Dec. 1.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care (DCC), part of the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), recently received an additional $42 million to a block grant and will use the funds to assist more families with young children and support children’s healthy development.
DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark said the funding helps to meet the needs of the families his agency serves.
“DCBS is excited about the opportunities presented through these additional federal funds to support families and children throughout the Commonwealth,” he said. “The input and collaboration we received from our key stakeholders and partners were essential toward identifying, developing, and prioritizing a more robust and sustainable Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which ultimately improves outcomes for our families and children.”
The money is new discretionary funding through the Child Care Development Block Grant, managed by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The federal program was reauthorized in 2014, and this year Kentucky decided to make some changes in how to best spend these funds to meet the goals of the program.
DCC and its stakeholders, including the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council, agreed on key objectives and have made the following changes.
DCC Director Sarah Vanover said the funding gives priority to both families and child care providers.
“This multi-pronged allocation plan will help to support the households of children as they work towards long-term financial stability while also supporting child care providers to pursue continuous quality improvement and employ more qualified educators,” Vanover said.
Get more information online at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for Public Health, the Department for Aging and Independent Living and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.