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 We urge that the rule be withdrawn in its entirety, and that longstanding … Read More

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