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Empower and Support Families by Earning Their Trust

November 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Impactful support requires intentional and authentic family engagement practices. By Dr. Carla Whiteside-Hicks, Director of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Early Childhood Programs, Kansas Department for Children and Families. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of

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A Better Child Care System for Kansas Parents

November 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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How We Can Build a Better System for Kansas Parents By Jessica Herrera Russell, Senior Communications Manager, Kansas Action for Children. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. This past spring, the Kansas Legislature took a significant step toward

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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Child Care Stabilization Funds Impacts Kansas Children

October 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Source: ARP Child Care Stabilization Funding State Fact Sheets | The Administration for Children and Families (hhs.gov) The Administration for Children and Families released new data showing that child care stabilization funds provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) have served

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Worksite Wellness for Child Care Professionals

August 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Andrew Hodgson, Nutrition Coordinator, Child Start, Inc. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. More than half of medium and large companies operate wellness programs, which can boost morale and productivity, support general health, complement culture,

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Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

August 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas By Heather Braum, Health policy advisor, Kansas Action for Children. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Policy choices in Kansas can change the health outcomes of Kansas kids for the better — or

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How a Community Council on Child Care Can Help Families Succeed

August 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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How a Community Council on Child Care Can Help Families Succeed As parents and providers know well, each school year presents new challenges for child care programs. Providers are often forced to make difficult decisions about how to operate their business, care for the children

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Healthy Habit Influencers

July 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

How the child care system can improve health today and tomorrow. By Georgia S. Thompson and Roshelle Payes, Nemours Children’s Health Early care and education (ECE) professionals are the original influencers. After parents and family, children look to the other significant adults in

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An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers

July 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
An Innovative Grant/Loan

An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers By Kelly Gourley, Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Like so many other communities across the state,  Lincoln County has

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Closing the Child Care Gap

June 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Closing the Child Care Gap

Kelly Davydov, Executive Director, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. I’d be willing to wager that any working family with young children can tell you exactly how difficult it is to find child care right now. It’s even

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To Celebrate Juneteenth, Let’s Work to End Inequity in Kansas

June 19, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Bridget Banks, Child Care Health Equity Consultant Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth), which commemorates the end of slavery in this country, is considered one of the longest-running African American holidays. It was officially declared a federal holiday in 2021. What Juneteenth

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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings

June 15, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Bridget Banks, Child Care Health Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings For the first time in history, we as a nation are

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Child Care Supply and Demand in Kansas: What to Know and How to Be Part of the Solution

June 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Child Care Supply and Demand in Kansas: What to Know and How to Be Part of the Solution A child’s earliest experiences lay the foundation for lifelong learning, well-being, and success. Quality early care and education opportunities provide the nurturing environments and relationships

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An Innovative Hub for Training

May 16, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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An Innovative Hub for Training and Professional Development in Kansas City By Jenny Brandt, Director of Early Care and Education, The Family Conservancy. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. It’s been 17 years since I started as an intern at The Family

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The Child Care Gap: What Do We Know? What Do We Do?

May 5, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Linda K Smith, Director of Early Childhood Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed what any working parent in America already knew to be true – that the early childhood years hold

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New! Point-in-Time Data Relaunched

April 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Child Care Aware of Kansas connects everyone with a stake in child care — families, child care providers, businesses, local and state leaders, and community members — to the information and ideas they need to take action. We work to empower communities to tackle the lack of

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Filling the Void

February 21, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Concordia School District Provides Child Care Through Community Collaboration By Krystal Breese, Director of Curriculum/Assessment, USD 333 , originally published in the Winter 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Early childhood experiences are the foundation for a student’s future

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Kansas Employers Should Make Child Care Their Business

February 1, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Jen Bump, Founder of Bump Collaborative Consulting. Originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. American businesses today face extraordinary challenges locating and hiring skilled workers. In fact, 74 percent of hiring managers surveyed by the U.S. Chamber

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Design Thinking For & With Children

January 7, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Mark Logan, Founder & Chief Collaborator, idealect. Article originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine.  Innovation teams in corporate settings frequently attempt to conjure up the energy and unrestrained creativity of childhood. Using

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An Opportunity to Equitably Fund Child Care

January 4, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By MK Falgout, Research Assistant for Early Childhood Policy, Center for American Progress. Article originally published in the Fall 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. For decades, America’s child care system quite simply has not worked. Families struggle to afford quality child care,

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Elevating Provider Voices

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Berni Howe, Lead Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, KCCTO and Tara Glanton, Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, KCCTO. Article originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Elevating Provider Voices 2020 has been robust, with quick shifts

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Advocacy: Providers & Parents

December 15, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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The Voices That Should Inform Change-Process In Our Child Care System By Peggy Kelly, Executive Director, Kansas Head Start Association. Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Long before COVID-19 completely redesigned our lives and view of what

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No Better Time: Systems Thinking for All

November 29, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By: Tracy Benson, President, Waters Center for Systems Thinking Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine A System Is a Collection of Related Parts Having recently been absent, Marisa enthusiastically returned to school. Her teacher, Ms. Vicky, as she did with

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Data as a Tool for Creating Racial Equity

November 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By, Michelle Stover Wright, M.S., Evaluation and Research BUILD Initiative; Aisha Ray, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow, BUILD Initiative; Sherri Killins Stewart Ed. D., Director of State Systems Alignment and Integration, Co-Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative Originally published in

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Communities in Action Workshop

November 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Tanya Koehn, Director of Family & Community Services, Child Care Aware of Kansas Child Care Aware of Kansas works alongside local communities to tackle the lack of affordable, quality child care by connecting them to the perspectives, information, and ideas they need to

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Survey of Kansas child care facilities points to lingering challenges of COVID-19

October 21, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and Child Care Aware of Kansas partnered to survey of child care providers — 29% of the state’s total — indicated facility operators were committed to extra cleaning, handwashing and temperature checks. More significant public health

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Data is the Future

September 16, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Teri Garstka, Associate Director, KU Center for Public Partnerships for the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. It’s an exciting time to be a data enthusiast in Kansas!   We all want Kansas to be the best state for families to raise a child. To get there, we need

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Building a Community of Leaders: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity through Communities of Practice

August 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Georgia Thompson, Senior Program & Policy Analyst, Nemours and Rebekah Duchette, Senior State Systems Specialist, Nemours for the Summer 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Just as young children need supportive relationships as they grow and develop, adults also benefit from

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Start With Those Who Know The Challenge Best

August 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Julia McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine If you aspire to launch more creative child care solutions, you know you need to get par­ents and child care providers involved. Don’t delay! Too many

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Child Care in Kansas: Paralysis to Action

August 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Travis Rickford, Executive Director, LiveWell Northwest Kansas Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Today, our rural way of life looks a little different as we adapt to new challenges presented by COVID-19. Our work environments look different, and we

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