Commonwealth Policy Center

A recent study revealed that Kentucky ranks 40th out of the 50 states in childhood well-being. This is based on parental employment, educational achievement, and health care accessibility. Dr. Scottie Day of Kentucky Children’s Hospital proposed a solution. He said to improve children’s well-being, the state should invest more in childcare programs, poverty alleviation,  substance abuse and violence prevention, and health care. While these are important, Dr. Day misses something fundamental: healthy homes. The health and well-being of future generations has declined along with the disappearance of the natural family as God designed it: a married father and mother. Without stability in the family, the most important social institution, all other efforts will fall short, including expanding social services.