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When all families have equitable access to quality child care options, we build the critical infrastructure necessary for our businesses to succeed, our communities to flourish, and our children to grow into happy, healthy, productive Kansans.
Child Care Aware of Kansas connects everyone with a stake in child care — parents, child care providers, businesses, local and state leaders, and community members — to the information and ideas they need to take action. Together, we aim to create an early care and education system that ensures:
All communities across Kansas value and support a high-quality early childhood care and education system.
To provide statewide leadership that builds a diverse, high-quality child care system.
Building a diverse, high-quality child care system starts with all of us. That’s why Child Care Aware of Kansas has made an internal commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). Our ongoing journey has involved training for all staff and board members, funding specific positions focused on advancing DEIA throughout our work, updating policies to be more inclusive, and giving each team member tools to reflect on – and improve – their own behaviors and practices. These steps are only the beginning.
Our work is not about finding a single solution to the child care challenges our state faces. Rather, it’s about an inclusive approach to finding solutions that support all communities, especially those most impacted by child care issues. We continue to learn and grow as a team and – alongside many stakeholders across our state – cultivate a shared focus on creating an equitable system that works for Kansas.
We provide opportunities, connections, and support for Kansans to envision what a better child care system can look like for them. Working within a network of Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, we also connect caregivers and providers to the information and support they need.
Our team brings extensive experience and expertise in early care and education. We focus on:
We promote policy that advances equitable access to affordable, high-quality early care and education. We believe that policy must be informed by those most impacted, and prioritize centering and amplifying the voices of families, child care providers, and communities in our advocacy efforts.
We prioritize the following legislative and policy issues for 2024:
Expand access to affordable, high-quality early care and education. Our advocacy efforts for the items below will focus on Partnership.
Stabilize, support and expand the early care and education workforce. Our advocacy efforts for the items below will focus on Partnership.
Health and safety in early care and education. Our advocacy efforts for the items below will focus on Support and Partnership.
*Denotes alignment with Kansas Action for Children’s agenda with slight modifications.
**Denotes complete alignment with Kansas Action for Children’s agenda with no modifications.
Child Care Aware of Kansas is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience for all users of all abilities, including those who rely on assistive technologies like screen readers, screen enlargement software, and alternative keyboard input devices to navigate the web.
We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 as our guiding principle for determining accessibility. These are internationally agreed-upon standards that cover a wide range of recommendations and best practices for making content useable. As we add new pages and functionality to our website, all designs, code, and content entry practices are checked against these standards.
Website accessibility is an ongoing process. We continually test content and features for WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliance and remediate any issues to ensure we meet or exceed the standards. Testing of our website is performed by our team members using industry-standard tools such as the Accessibility Checker WordPress Plugin, color contrast analyzers, keyboard-only navigation techniques, and Flesch-Kincaid readability tests.
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