A basic necessity: food for our children

This month, teachers were wrapping up lesson plans and readying classrooms just as children were walking through the front door. For too many of our students, however, school isn’t just a place to learn and see their friends. Instead, school is the only place they have access to nutritious and affordable meals. Through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, … Read More

Helping Kansas kids “soar”

By Annie McKay KAC President and CEO Today, bi-partisan leaders of the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee introduced a new proposal to tackle unintended consequences created by welfare restrictions enacted in 2015 and 2016. The “SOAR” Act (Strategic Opportunities to Achieve Results) offers a handful of commonsense ideas, but two components really excite us at Kansas Action for Children: … Read More

Child Care Changes Ahead

By Amanda Gress Director of Government Relations In 2014, Congress passed landmark legislation to improve and expand high-quality child care. It was a really big deal. Afterward, two national child policy experts came to Kansas to talk to stakeholders about the new law. They challenged us to “envision Kansas’ ideal child care system.” I remember writing that down and thinking, … Read More

Child care supports work

By Amanda Gress KAC Director of Research & Analysis Child care lays the foundation for a strong Kansas workforce. Every day, parents across Kansas begin their workday by dropping their children off at child care. Available and affordable child care means that parents can go to work and provide for their families. After all, it’s impossible for parents to work, … Read More

Child care is early education

By Amanda Gress KAC Director of Research & Analysis After decades of research concluding that early education makes a tremendous difference in a child’s life, individuals across the political spectrum finally acknowledge the importance of early education. Child care, on the other hand, is often viewed separately. People tend to mistake it for babysitting – a safe space for children while parents work. The … Read More

Declining child care assistance leaves Kansas families stuck in poverty

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President & CEO
 For the last year, state policymakers have engaged in a vigorous debate about how to best help low-income Kansans escape the cycle of poverty. Diverse philosophical approaches have been explored. At Kansas Action for Children, we believe public supports – like cash assistance – give families the critical lift they … Read More

Time to #ThinkBIG!

By Hilary Gee KAC Government Relations Specialist Kids learn habits while they’re small that persist through adulthood – when kids are big!  Child care providers are key leaders in helping Kansas kids build lifelong healthy habits. By making a few key changes related to food, drinks and activity, providers can have a big impact on the health of Kansas kids. Adults … Read More

Caring for Kansas’ kids

By Mindi Moses Graduate student at the University of Kansas There were nearly 1.5 million hard-working Kansans in the civilian labor force at year end 2014. Who cares for these dedicated workers’ children? In many cases, it’s child care providers in homes or centers. Unfortunately, Kansas ranks among the top 10 states with the least affordable center-based child care for … Read More

Making Kansas KIDS COUNT in the legislative session

By Hilary Gee Director of Health Policy The 2015 Kansas legislative session begins next week on Jan. 12. Lawmakers from across the state work for roughly 90 days to pass laws and finalize the state’s budget. During the legislative session, from January through May, KAC staff members are at the Statehouse and talking to legislators about the impact of state … Read More

Full for just one day

By Dr. Ximena Garcia Kansas Action for Children board member “Many parents use our pool as cheap child care for their kids. They leave them there all day without any food or money to buy snacks.” The words of that lifeguard have resonated with me ever since I heard them. The thought of small children spending their summers hungry all … Read More