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

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

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

Closing pathways out of poverty

By Hilary Gee Director of Health Policy Work supports like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care Assistance are proven to help lift families out of poverty. With 1 in 5 Kansas kids living in poverty, we should improve access to support programs, not limit them. Unfortunately, the Kansas Legislature is moving quickly on bills that will severely limit … 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

Looking beyond election year politics

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President and CEO Today, as we co-release the National KIDS COUNT Data Book with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, all eyes in Kansas will be on the childhood poverty numbers. While childhood poverty is an issue many Kansans care about, it is also receiving unprecedented attention during this election cycle. At first glance, … 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