Increasing high-quality, affordable child care in rural Kansas

By Tate Mullen December 16, 2019 High-quality, affordable child care is essential for Kansas children and their families. Increasing the supply for quality providers and investing in early childhood education produces positive academic, health, and social outcomes. Unfortunately, in rural areas of Kansas, there is less access to these important programs, leaving working families to face a shortage of child … Read More

More Kansas young children lack health insurance

By Emily Fetsch December 11, 2019 With well-baby appointments, routine immunizations for toddlers, and screenings for development milestones with preschoolers, pediatricians recommend that children have 15 check-ups by the time they’re 6 years old. Given the necessity of frequent appointments, it’s alarming that the rate of Kansas children under age 6 without health coverage is growing. Kansas is one of … Read More

Georgetown University report finds progress has stalled for Kansas kids’ health

Analysis shows 38,000 Kansas children remain without health coverage. Emily FetschNov. 7, 2019 The number of uninsured children nationwide increased by about 400,000 in the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of gains, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. An estimated 4 million children were uninsured nationwide in 2018, the … Read More

ABC Intervention program helps Kansas families

Amina Seck August 26, 2019 Investing in home visiting programs helps Kansas parents gain skills to support children’s development. While Kansas has several home visiting programs, five Kansas-based foundations are working together to pilot the evidence-based Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Intervention training program in our state. Home visiting programs, which are voluntary, teach parents knowledge and skills about child … Read More

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

The future is looking brighter for Kansas children and families

John Wilson July 22, 2019 Why? This year, and this legislative session, the state took its first big steps down the road to recovery. While the path is long and the challenges daunting, Gov. Laura Kelly and legislators made concrete progress for Kansas children and families. KAC set a bold agenda for the future of Kansas, one that elevated children … Read More