Diminishing HOPE for Kansas Families with Children

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President & CEO For struggling Kansans, state-administered safety net programs are an essential lifeline to help families meet basic needs. When the HOPE Act is fully implemented, fewer families with children will have access to pathways out of poverty in Kansas. An already minimal benefit will become more limited. Cash assistance for Kansas … Read More

Closing pathways out of poverty

By Hilary Gee Director of Health Policy Work supports like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care Assistance are proven to help lift families out of poverty. With 1 in 5 Kansas kids living in poverty, we should improve access to support programs, not limit them. Unfortunately, the Kansas Legislature is moving quickly on bills that will severely limit … Read More

Caring for Kansas’ kids

By Mindi Moses Graduate student at the University of Kansas There were nearly 1.5 million hard-working Kansans in the civilian labor force at year end 2014. Who cares for these dedicated workers’ children? In many cases, it’s child care providers in homes or centers. Unfortunately, Kansas ranks among the top 10 states with the least affordable center-based child care for … Read More

Kansas falls short when it comes to helping our poorest families

By Karen Wulfkuhle Executive Director, United Community Services of Johnson County Kansas, like every state, participates in the federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Yet Kansas is out of step with the rest of the nation. For every 100 Kansas families with children in poverty, fewer than 17 received benefits in 2012. The national average is about … Read More