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

2018 Policy Priority: Invest in Early Childhood

March 16, 2018 Investments in high quality early learning and development opportunities are among the best ways to ensure positive health, economic, and education outcomes for every child. By investing in children with adverse childhood experiences, living in poverty, and struggling to overcome other barriers, we can close the school readiness gap, reduce the number of students defined as “at-risk” … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Preserve the Kansas Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Jan. 26, 2018 At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child. In celebration of EITC Awareness Day, we’re releasing the policy brief that accompanies our fourth 2018 Policy Priority: Preserve the Kansas Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Advocates for Kansas children and … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Strengthen the Safety Net

Amanda Gress Jan. 4, 2018 At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of our policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re discussing new research that … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Establish Dental Therapists

Amanda Gress Dec. 20, 2017 At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of our policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re releasing the policy … Read More

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

In September 2016, the Kansas reported that the infant mortality rate decreased for the second consecutive year. The total number of infant deaths totaled 223, representing a one-year infant mortality rate of 5.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Although the overall Kansas rate is lower than the Healthy People 2020 target, data shows significant disparities by race. The Fetal … Read More

2018 Policy Priority: Invest in Early Childhood

Amanda Gress At Kansas Action for Children, we’re ready to advance policies that will make Kansas the best state to raise a child and to be a child in 2018. KAC’s Director of Government Relations Amanda Gress will be sharing more about each of those policy possibilities over the next few weeks. Today we’re releasing the policy brief that accompanies … Read More

A basic necessity: food for our children

This month, teachers were wrapping up lesson plans and readying classrooms just as children were walking through the front door. For too many of our students, however, school isn’t just a place to learn and see their friends. Instead, school is the only place they have access to nutritious and affordable meals. Through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, … Read More

The tie that binds: early childhood education

August 9, 2017 A recent poll from the First Five Years Fund reaffirms strong public support for investing in affordable child care and high-quality early childhood programs. The poll also demonstrates that the public believes high-quality early childhood programs offer a strong return on investment in terms of school readiness and workforce preparedness. The national poll shows broad support for … Read More