Kentucky ranks in the bottom ten states in the nation when it comes to children's education and health- that's the findings of the 2008 Kids Count Data Survey. Members with The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children want new legislation to change that.
Educators say they are constantly working to improve the state's ranking.
The Superintendent of Clay County Schools says he is more than willing to work with the coalition to enact new laws.
“You've got to access a lot of resources wherever you can get them. You've always got to be looking for those resources and how they can impact your children in a positive way,” says Doug Adams, Superintendent of Clay County Schools.
The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children is looking for those resources too. It is a coalition of state leaders and non-profits wanting new laws that will have a positive impact on the state's children.
“All the studies show that if kids don't have a good start in life and they fall behind early on, they have a very difficult time catching up and many never catch up,” says Laura Voss with the United Way of the Bluegrass.
Adams agrees. The coalition says implementing things like mandatory preschool and creating programs tackling school drop out rates will improve the state's ranking.
“There are some things the state could do. But a lot of these issues really involve putting more money in than they're putting in at the present time,” says Adams.
That is why he says he fully supports the coalition's efforts.
“We can't quit trying, we've got to keep on doing that. Because to say we've done all we can is a mission of defeat,” he says.
Adams and others in education say they hope The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, will be a blueprint for success.
Link to The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Homepage: www.blueprintky.org