New administration needs to step up for Kansas kids

Nov. 7, 2018 The 35,000 Kansas babies who will be born during the first year of Laura Kelly’s administration won’t care about the governor. They won’t care about her party or ideology. They will care about whether their needs are being met. Do they have high-quality opportunities to learn and grow? Do they have safe and nurturing places and spaces? … Read More

Kansas Action for Children takes to road for fall tour

Oct. 17, 2018 Kansas Action for Children has been working to make Kansas the best place to raise — and be — a child for some 40 years. During that time, our advocacy has taken many forms. We helped preserve and strengthen the Children’s Initiatives Fund and advocated for restoring responsible tax policy. This fall, KAC is embarking on the … Read More

U.S. Census Bureau numbers show lack of improvement over past year

Sept. 20, 2018 The latest Kansas childhood poverty figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau show the importance of Kansas Action for Children’s continuing work to enhance access to crucial anti-poverty programs used by families. The share of Kansas kids living in poverty was 14.8 percent in 2017, compared with 14.1 percent in 2016, suggesting that efforts to move the … Read More

Healthy foods, healthy families, healthy brains

Sept. 13, 2018 We know as adults that the food we eat affects our health, and not just numbers on the scale. We also know that the first 1,000 days of life are crucial to a child’s brain development. But what’s the relationship between nutrition and brain development? Research shows that nutrition is one of, if not the, most critical … Read More

‘Public charge’ proposal would hurt Kansas families

June 29, 2018 Kansans who are committed to making our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family understand the importance of public policies that shape outcomes for every Kansas child. Unfortunately, the Trump administration may release a new immigration rule later this summer that would undermine our work. The Trump administration’s “public charge” proposal, which was … Read More

Kansas ranks 13th among all states in annual KIDS COUNT survey of child well-being, but kids of color face unequal outcomes

June 27, 2018 TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas children are in a strong position, as the state ranks 13th nationally in overall child well-being, but that progress could be at risk with an undercount of the state’s youngest children, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Despite the strong showing in many … Read More

KAC shines a data spotlight on barriers facing Kansas kids of color

June 20, 2018 In a pair of new reports, Kansas Action for Children shows powerfully how systemic racism shapes the lives of children in our state – and suggests how we can make changes to ensure healthy starts for every Kansas child. The Data Spotlight series digs deep, disaggregating important indicators by race and ethnicity. KAC found Kansas children of … Read More

Calling all Kansas kids’ advocates! What is your child care vision?

Amanda Gress May 31, 2018 It’s an exciting time to build a bright future for every one of our state’s children. The Legislature wrapped up a 2018 session that included meaningful new investments in early childhood. Congress passed a historic increase in child care funding (including $19 million more in federal funds coming to Kansas). Now, children’s advocates can help … Read More

Proposed farm bill puts Kansas families at risk of increased hunger

May 8, 2018 The federal Farm Bill proposal recently passed by the House Agriculture Committee would increase hunger throughout Kansas and the nation through its many changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It also forces other states to replicate some of Kansas’ failed policies on SNAP and other poverty-reduction programs, based on flawed studies about Kansas’ experience with … Read More