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You care about your community and your state, and you’ve likely heard or experienced the impact childcare challenges are having on Kansas kids, families, businesses, towns, and neighborhoods. Developing a stronger early care and education system can be complex, and you might not feel like the best person to contribute to this work.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Many small-scale solutions have already worked and the families and providers in your community know what they need. By learning more about the issue and working alongside us — and with others in your region — you can have a significant impact with less effort and fewer resources than you might expect.
Research child care data in your community. Determine if there is a need for additional child care slots.
View your county’s child care data.
Forming a coalition is a necessary step in gaining insight and finding solutions to child care needs.
Find a coalition near you.
Creating a plan to increase child care capacity in your community involves a thoughtful and strategic approach.
Step-by-step guide for coalitions.
Initial coalition-forming, a preliminary needs assessment, or other key activities to build initial readiness.
Connect with a consultant today!
We have curated a list of resources to assist communities in their journey to expand childcare capacity.
Child Care Aware of Kansas
The Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) team at Childcare Aware of Kansas plays a crucial role in connecting with communities, promoting awareness about the organization’s services, and fostering collaborations with key stakeholders. The COE team can assist communities in coalition building and strategic planning.
The Child Care Go-Team
The Child Care Go Team (CCGT) will complement the existing – but parallel – community outreach and engagement work, through its shared mission to expand access to affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education across Kansas. The Go-Team has experience assisting communities with local zoning and municipal code barriers.
Advancing equitable access to high-quality childcare for Kansas families and communities takes all of us working together. Decision-makers need to hear from families, early care and education professionals, and communities about issues that matter. We can all be part of the solution by speaking up for policies that improve our early care and education system. Join our efforts by getting involved today.
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