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

New “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

KAC: Separating children from parents is immoral, has long-lasting consequences

The health and well-being of every child is important. Kansas Action for Children has worked for 40 years to advocate for policies and programs that support thriving kids and families. As a result, KAC must raise its voice to oppose moves by the Trump administration to formalize practices that divide immigrant children from their parents. We urge policymakers to consider … 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

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