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High-quality child care can combat effects of poverty

By Leadell Ediger, executive director of Child Care Aware of Kansas Those of us in the early childhood field know that high-quality child care and early learning experiences are more involved than just providing basic care. Early learning is quality child care and preschool opportunities that expose children to positive learning experiences that are critical […]

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Honoring outstanding child advocates

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Kansas Action for Children and the Partnership for Early Success hosted the first-ever Symposium for Early Success. More than 200 child advocates and policymakers were in attendance to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, a world-renowned physician and research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We also presented four […]

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Communities for Kids

There are just three opportunities left to attend a community meeting and share ideas about improving the health of Kansas children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Family Health is gathering feedback for a Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Needs Assessment/State Plan during gatherings titled “Communities for Kids.” Junction City Tuesday, […]

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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 […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to All

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love that our family is gathered together with nothing on the agenda except catching up and eating a meal. I even love preparing the meal – an activity that seems to take over the entire week. This year, each of my children is laying claim to a […]

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A Big Week for Kansas Kids

It may seem like the calm before the storm for early childhood funding in Kansas, but the cold front blowing wintery weather into Topeka this week coincides with a flurry of activity impacting key funding decisions in the 2015 Kansas Legislative Session.  The week will leave its mark on state support for early childhood programs […]

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