The tie that binds: early childhood education

August 9, 2017 A recent poll from the First Five Years Fund reaffirms strong public support for investing in affordable child care and high-quality early childhood programs. The poll also demonstrates that the public believes high-quality early childhood programs offer a strong return on investment in terms of school readiness and workforce preparedness. The national poll shows broad support for … Read More

Back to School: Nourishing Brains and Bellies

By Jake Frydman Outreach Specialist As Kansas children head back to school, they return to an environment designed to foster growth in their developing brains. Many kids, however, also look forward to the return of a different kind of nourishment that is far too often absent over the summer months. The kind of nourishment for growing bodies that comes from … Read More

Longterm consequences of childhood poverty

By Shannon Cotsoradis October 29, 2015 On Thursday, October 22nd I had the privilege of presenting at the Kansas Economic Policy Conference.  The theme of this year’s conference was Economic Opportunity in Kansas: What Does the Future Hold?  When we think about what the future holds in Kansas, many of us are quick to focus on the state’s current fiscal … Read More

KCK Public Schools take pro-active approach to child hunger

By Shannon Cotsoradis KAC President & CEO Kansas City Kansas Public Schools recently announced that their district has begun providing breakfast and lunch to all early childhood and elementary students at no cost to students’ families. This opportunity became possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which was part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. CEP is an innovative … 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

GUEST BLOG: Small Steps, Big Impact

By Leadell Ediger Child Care Aware of Kansas Executive Director This month, I welcomed my fifth grandchild! In some ways, I feel like an old hat at this grand-parenting job. I know the ropes, I know what’s expected of me, and yet, different, especially since this is my daughter’s first child! He or she will deserve a grandma that can … Read More

Serving up success in school with Breakfast in the Classroom

By Hilary Gee KAC Government Relations Specialist Everyone – from parents and pediatricians to policymakers and teachers – understands that kids have trouble focusing and controlling their behavior when they’re hungry.  That’s why school lunch has been a key piece of public education since 1946. Then, in 1975, the school lunch program expanded to include school breakfast, which was a … Read More

It’s time for an honest conversation about child poverty

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President & CEO Last week Kansas Action for Children partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the release of its 26th Annual KIDS COUNT Databook, exploring state trends in child well being. They evaluated each state in 16 indicators and four categories: economy, education, health, and family and community. Kansas made a … Read More

Diminishing HOPE for Kansas Families with Children

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President & CEO For struggling Kansans, state-administered safety net programs are an essential lifeline to help families meet basic needs. When the HOPE Act is fully implemented, fewer families with children will have access to pathways out of poverty in Kansas. An already minimal benefit will become more limited. Cash assistance for Kansas … Read More

Honoring outstanding child advocates

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Kansas Action for Children and the Partnership for Early Success hosted the first-ever Symposium for Early Success. More than 200 child advocates and policymakers were in attendance to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, a world-renowned physician and research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We also presented four Awards for Early Success, honoring … Read More