Working together to protect investments in children

The 2015 Kansas legislative session began this week with disappointing news for early care and education. The state is faced with a considerable revenue shortfall for the current year and the foreseeable future and the governor’s budget recommendations sweep millions from the Kansas Endowment for Youth (KEY) Fund and continues the trend of flat funding for most children’s programs supported by the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) leaving providers struggling to maintain services at 2007 funding levels.

The good news is that advocates for young children in our state are aware of what is happening in Topeka. You are energized, engaged and eager to work together to protect policy and investments in early care and education. The Partnership has signed up 33 organizational members in six months and continues to grow in the number and variety of organizations participating. Working together we can make a difference at the Kansas Statehouse and in the lives of young children.

This first blog of the year is my last as the executive director of the Partnership for Early Success. While I am leaving to take another position, I am so encouraged by the determined, passionate people who are the driving force in the Partnership. I will take the lessons I have learned from all of you with me wherever I go. All my best!

– April Holman

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