Failure to address postpartum depression can have multigenerational consequences

Amina Seck August 6, 2019 Parents have a profound impact on their children’s health. A child’s development can be strongly affected by their parents’ health, including mental health. Women who suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), which is severe depression lasting longer than 10 days after delivery,[1] can benefit from additional parenting support. Policymakers must do more through changes to KanCare, … Read More

Creating an inclusive child care workforce in Kansas

Amina Seck July 25, 2019 Parents and early childhood educators are responsible for preparing children with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in an increasingly diverse world. Creating an inclusive early childhood education experience and workforce is not just socially responsible, it is a necessity. Children of color currently make up 34 percent of the Kansas population.[1]  Early … Read More

Kansas Action for Children raises alarm about potential poverty line change

June 24, 2019 Kansas Action for Children has grave concerns about the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s proposal to switch to a different measure of inflation for recalculating the poverty line each year. Kansas Action for Children (KAC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families by providing comprehensive data, advocating for … Read More

KAC policy briefs show incredible possibilities in store for kids, families

Kansas Action for Children March 4, 2019 Every Kansas child — from birth to elementary school — should have access to high-quality early education, nurturing places and spaces, and routine health care. These investments in the early years create a rock-solid foundation for growth and development that lasts a lifetime. That’s why Kansas Action for Children is unveiling three policy … Read More

Approaches could reduce Kansas infant mortality disparities

Amina Seck Feb. 12, 2019 A recent Kansas Action for Children brief highlights the high rate of infant mortality among Black Kansas babies. Black Kansas babies are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. The high infant mortality rate among Black babies is linked to a variety of factors, including racial discrimination. KANSAS INFANT … Read More

Time to seize the opportunity for Kansas kids

Annie McKay Jan. 19, 2019 Kansas Action for Children was established nearly 40 years ago, when the Kansas Children’s Service League and three Junior Leagues recognized the need for an independent voice for Kansas kids. Since that time, we have advocated for health, education, and economic policies benefiting the lives of Kansas kids and families. In working together and partnering with … Read More

Four ways the HOPE Act continues to hurt Kansas children and families

Emily Fetsch Nov. 28, 2018 Despite the departure of Gov. Sam Brownback and the recent election, the damaging effects of the Brownback-era HOPE Act continue to negatively affect children and families. In 2015, HOPE Act legislation codified changes begun in 2011 to create barriers for families accessing anti-poverty programs. The legislation: Shortened the amount of time a family can remain … Read More

Kansas Action for Children opposes destructive ‘public charge’ proposal targeting immigrants

Nov. 26, 2018 Kansas Action for Children strongly opposes the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes regarding “public charge. As an organization that advocates on behalf of Kansas children and their families, we are concerned the proposed rule would cause major harm to Kansas immigrants and their families. We urge that the rule be withdrawn in its entirety, and that longstanding … Read More