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

Building the Bridge: From Early Childhood to K-12 Education

June 29, 2017 All Kansas kids deserve the best possible start in life. As legislators worked together to develop a new school finance formula this session and contemplated the level of funding needed to adequately meet the needs of all students, especially the most at-risk kids across the state, another important conversation emerged – the importance of investing in research-based … 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

No do overs for Kansas children

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President and CEO Resolving the fiscal crisis our state is facing won’t be child’s play. State legislators have their work cut out for them. And, unfortunately, for today’s Kansas children there will be no do overs if policymakers don’t make choices that put their needs first. As I listened to Gov. Brownback’s State … 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

Telling our story

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President and CEO A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s Board of Directors about the work of Kansas Action for Children. The Foundation has supported KAC’s work for several years, but this was my first in-person opportunity to tell our story. … Read More

We can do better for Kansas kids

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President and CEO When I reflect on the 2014 session of the Kansas Legislature, I can’t get past my disappointment. I am not just disappointed in the outcome for Kansas children and their families, I am disappointed in the dialogue or, should I say, the lack of one about what they need. When … Read More

Gov. Brownback: Veto sweep of funds for Kansas children

By April Holman Executive Director of the Kansas Coalition for School Readiness Kansas advocates for early care and education have been on a roller coaster in recent years. In what has become a familiar pattern, the governor announces support for a new early childhood initiative, filling the advocacy community with cautious optimism, only to have our hopes dashed when more … Read More

Guest post: Working toward a shared goal on early childhood education

By Janice Smith Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund Today marks three months I have been serving Kansas as the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet, and my colleagues Jane Weiler and Dyogga Adegbore claim we have all been working at warp speed! It is a privilege to work for the Cabinet because we are able … Read More