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

Building the Bridge: From Early Childhood to K-12 Education

June 29, 2017 All Kansas kids deserve the best possible start in life. As legislators worked together to develop a new school finance formula this session and contemplated the level of funding needed to adequately meet the needs of all students, especially the most at-risk kids across the state, another important conversation emerged – the importance of investing in research-based … Read More

ACTION ALERT: Raising the bar, setting a deadline.

Did you hear the news?!  Last week, the state Supreme Court ruled that support for Kansas public schools is unconstitutionally low and the legislature must increase funding by June 30th. This has KAC like: Kansas’ premier early learning system cannot set the trajectory for a child’s life if K-12 schools lack the resources to build on the first five years of development. The … Read More

Helping Kansas kids “soar”

By Annie McKay KAC President and CEO Today, bi-partisan leaders of the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee introduced a new proposal to tackle unintended consequences created by welfare restrictions enacted in 2015 and 2016. The “SOAR” Act (Strategic Opportunities to Achieve Results) offers a handful of commonsense ideas, but two components really excite us at Kansas Action for Children: … Read More

Child Care Changes Ahead

By Amanda Gress Director of Government Relations In 2014, Congress passed landmark legislation to improve and expand high-quality child care. It was a really big deal. Afterward, two national child policy experts came to Kansas to talk to stakeholders about the new law. They challenged us to “envision Kansas’ ideal child care system.” I remember writing that down and thinking, … Read More

Back to School: Nourishing Brains and Bellies

By Jake Frydman Outreach Specialist As Kansas children head back to school, they return to an environment designed to foster growth in their developing brains. Many kids, however, also look forward to the return of a different kind of nourishment that is far too often absent over the summer months. The kind of nourishment for growing bodies that comes from … Read More

Tax Policy, Budget Cuts Pose Health Risk to Kansas Children

By Amanda Gress Director of Government Relations Kansas policymakers’ refusal to revisit deep income tax cuts has once again harmed the health of Kansas children. In May, Governor Brownback announced a 4% reduction in reimbursement rates for KanCare, the state’s managed-care Medicaid program. These choices will ultimately make it more difficult for Kansas children covered by KanCare to go to … Read More