High-quality early education is formal and informal learning delivered by qualified and fairly-compensated professionals in home, center, and school settings. Children’s critical early years are not the time to take shortcuts, but such high-quality programs can consume 20 percent or more of a family’s annual income.

KAC has been working with lawmakers and agency leaders to make it easier for low- and moderate-income families to access effective early care and education opportunities through the state’s child care assistance program.

Read our policy priority brief about quality, affordable early learning.

Fully fund early childhood programs

The Kansas economy depends on the health and well-being of the next generation. That’s why, in 1999, Kansas legislators made a commitment to our state’s future prosperity by establishing the Kansas Endowment for Youth (KEY) Fund and the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF). Lawmakers dedicated CIF dollars to children’s programs — like the Kansas Preschool Program, tiny-K, and Parents as Teachers — to make a difference in the lives of our youngest citizens.

Why the CIF matters

  • It provides a stable funding structure for children’s programs.
  • It is the gold standard for efficiency and accountability in state government.

Click here to read KAC’s “Lost Opportunities for Kansas Kids” policy brief.
Click here to read KAC’s “Keeping the Promise to Kansas Kids” policy brief.
Click here to view an infographic about the KEY Fund.
Click here to learn more about our initiative to Save The CIF.