2018 Policy Priority: Strengthen the Safety Net

Amanda Gress At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of our policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re discussing new research that demonstrates the importance … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Establish Dental Therapists

Amanda Gress At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of our policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re releasing the policy brief that accompanies … Read More

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

In September 2016, the Kansas reported that the infant mortality rate decreased for the second consecutive year. The total number of infant deaths totaled 223, representing a one-year infant mortality rate of 5.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Although the overall Kansas rate is lower than the Healthy People 2020 target, data shows significant disparities by race. The Fetal … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Invest in Early Childhood

Amanda Gress At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of those policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re releasing the policy brief that accompanies … Read More

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

Tax Policy, Budget Cuts Pose Health Risk to Kansas Children

By Amanda Gress Director of Government Relations Kansas policymakers’ refusal to revisit deep income tax cuts has once again harmed the health of Kansas children. In May, Governor Brownback announced a 4% reduction in reimbursement rates for KanCare, the state’s managed-care Medicaid program. These choices will ultimately make it more difficult for Kansas children covered by KanCare to go to … Read More

No regrets.

By Shannon Cotsoradis KAC President & CEO   Few tasks are quite as daunting as writing a parting blog after nearly two decades at an organization. But on a recent visit to an early learning center in Seattle, I found my inspiration in a quote on the back of a bookmark that was a gift from one of the center’s … Read More

GUEST BLOG: Preschool funding

By John Schmader Retired brigadier general with the U.S. Army As a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, I know well about investments in our nation’s security. I think Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget jeopardizes one of the most critical investments for our state and country’s future: early childhood education. In Kansas, seven out of 10 young adults ages 17 to … Read More

GUEST BLOG: Early education a national security issue

By William A. “Art” Bloomer Retired brigadier general with the U.S. Marine Corps The military is my life. For 31 years I served active duty in the Marines and have since continued to support our country’s national defense. Over the course of my career, I have flown more than 300 combat missions and participated in the operation to evacuate Saigon … Read More

That’s a wrap: KAC staffers look back on their favorite gifts

With 2014 wrapping up, the KAC team would like to end the year by spreading some holiday cheer. This is the time of year for giving and making memories: whether it’s giving your child their favorite game, taking a long awaited family trip or remembering that time your cousin ate a little too much pie. Here, we share our favorite … Read More