We #SavedTheCIF in the Kansas budget. Here are the Top 10 reasons it matters.

10. Because children are precious (and adorable), and they’re counting on us.

The CIF supports programs that promote the health and well-being of Kansas children, and is one of the most impactful legacies in the state.

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9. Because a treasure hunt is always easier with a map.

Children are valuable, but the path to their success isn’t always easy. When parents are equipped with trusted resources, kids grow up healthier and safer.

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8. Because for kids, opportunity is like milk – the more they have, the stronger they grow.

CIF-funded programs that improve early learning environments, such as the quality of child care, prepare Kansas children for future success.

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7. Because one apple seed can grow an entire tree.

Early intervention programs protect against circumstances that can steal a child’s potential now and spoil future opportunities.

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6. Because imagine this: Dennis the Menace as an adult.

Children who participate in high-quality early learning programs – like those funded by the CIF – are less likely to engage in destructive behavior as adults.

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5. Because the early bird gets the worm.

Stimulating and engaging early childhood programs help children start school ready to learn and are more likely to succeed throughout school and in life.

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4. Because early childhood research is solid (unlike Jell-O).

Ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first five years of life, and instructive stimulation before kindergarten is crucial.

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3. Because parents are a child’s most important teachers.

CIF-funded programs are as beneficial to parents as they are to children. They support a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children during their critical early years of life.

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2. Because we shouldn’t steal from kids and babies.

Proposed changes to the CIF would have made programs more susceptible to budget sweeps, eliminating existing protections for Kansas’ youngest citizens.

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1. Because we all win.

The CIF is building a stronger foundation for children and families today, which creates a better, more prosperous Kansas tomorrow.

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