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

ACTION ALERT: Raising the bar, setting a deadline.

Did you hear the news?!  Last week, the state Supreme Court ruled that support for Kansas public schools is unconstitutionally low and the legislature must increase funding by June 30th. This has KAC like: Kansas’ premier early learning system cannot set the trajectory for a child’s life if K-12 schools lack the resources to build on the first five years of development. The … 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 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

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

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

Collaborative advocacy to secure investments for the youngest Kansans

By Erick Vaughn Executive Director of the Kansas Head Start Association Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children is a vital INVESTMENT in our country’s future, economy, families, and children. The Home Visiting Program, builds upon decades of scientific research, provides voluntary, culturally-appropriate, individually-tailored supports to families in their homes, including providing information … 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