Making working from home work for you

Kansas Action for Children March 25, 2020 As coronavirus shutdowns spread across the state and country last week, many employees and offices transitioned to working from home. That also meant being out of the office and separated from each other for an extended period. For some workplaces, this is new. And the rapidly changing circumstances mean that many may be … Read More

Kansas needs to brace for a rough economy

Emily Fetsch March 20 (Cross posted from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth) With the spread of COVID-19 taking place in Kansas, across the country, and across the world, we have seen the economy take a massive hit. Huge dips in the stock market, massive layoffs, and underemployment and unemployment as businesses close to respond to the health crisis. The … Read More

Resources for teaching (and learning!) at home

Jami Jones March 18, 2020 As parents take on the role of teacher for the next several weeks, many are overwhelmed with how to keep their kids occupied while they work, and engaged in the important brain development we know is so critical. I have assembled the following resources to share with our staff of working parents and would encourage … Read More

A message from Kansas Action for Children

Kansas Action for Children March 16, 2020 The country and state of Kansas are experiencing uncertain and difficult times right now. The spread of the new coronavirus has created new challenges, both practical and emotional, for our work. We are committed to the children and families of Kansas, and we are also committed to our team members who make this … Read More

Refundable food sales tax credit offers boost to families

Kansas Action for Children March 9, 2020 As Kansas rebuilds after years of economic challenges, we encourage policymakers to consider targeted policy solutions to help working families. One such approach is to reinstate the refundability of the food sales tax credit, which is why KAC supports House Bill 2720. Policies implemented in 2012 undermined the financial well-being of working families. In 2013, the food … Read More

Kansas kids count! A Census roundup

Kansas Action for Children March 5, 2020 The once-every-10-years U.S. Census kicks off March 12, and Kansas Action for Children has been spreading the word about the importance of counting every single person in our state. An undercount threatens federal funding for crucial programs that support children and families. We’ve been collecting resources — videos, blog posts, and infographics — … Read More

Bill allows parents to nurture infants in early months

Kansas Action for Children February 25, 2020 Kansas Action for Children believes in providing the best start possible to young children, which includes economic stability for new parents by continuing to receive cash assistance during their child’s earliest months.  That’s why we support Senate Bill 440, which would provide an additional option to fulfill work participation requirements under the cash assistance program.  It changes what satisfies the current work requirement, allowing … Read More

SNAP waiver would benefit hungry Kansas children

Kansas Action for Children February 24, 2020 The so-called Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents waiver for SNAP (also known as food stamps) might sound like a policy that would solely affect adults without children. In practice, however, low-income children and youth would also benefit.  Children under the age of 18 and the adults who live with them are technically exempt from the three-month time … Read More

Home visit programs can improve rural health care before, during, and after pregnancy

Kansas Action for Children February 20, 2020 Almost all of the 105 counties in Kansas are rural, with only six urban counties and 10 semi-urban counties.i According to the Kansas Hospital Association: ii  1 in 3 Kansans live in rural areas.  Kansas rural hospitals serve more than 900,000 Kansans.  102 Kansas community hospitals are rural.  11,000 babies are born annually in rural hospitals in … Read More

Ending driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fees would support families

Kansas Action for Children February 18, 2020 Kansas working families face many barriers making ends meet. Whether it’s finding a way to pay rent, secure child care, or find stable employment, too many families encounter harmful stressors that affect the family unit. Driver’s license suspensions due to unpaid fees and fines can hurt working families and negatively affect both parents and children.  House Bill 2434 would revoke authority … Read More