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

Child care supports work

By Amanda Gress KAC Director of Research & Analysis Child care lays the foundation for a strong Kansas workforce. Every day, parents across Kansas begin their workday by dropping their children off at child care. Available and affordable child care means that parents can go to work and provide for their families. After all, it’s impossible for parents to work, … 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

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

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