Initiatives & Collaborations

We work in communities across the state, building collaborative efforts with business and civic leaders to ensure safe and enriching child care for all children and their families. Child care issues affect whole communities. Most collaborative efforts start off with just one or two people identifying a concern and having the desire to do something about it. However, desire is not enough. It takes real skill, leadership and perseverance to pull together a larger group of committed individuals who are willing to work together to get things done.


Working in partnership with state, regional and private agencies, Child Care Aware® of Kansas plans and manages several initiatives aimed at increasing the supply of quality child care and access to that care. These projects are created and funded from a variety of sources including corporations, the State of Kansas or other governmental bodies, our regional agencies, or by another organization or funder. Recent initiatives have included:

Child Advocacy Day: At Advocacy Day attendees learned details about, newborn and maternal survival and U.S. after-school programs. Supporters then split up into teams for meetings at the offices of nearly 130 different members of Congress. The goal was to persuade Congress to increase funding for health programs, as well as expand after-school programs for vulnerable American children.

Operation Military Child Care: A Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to support the child care needs of parents who are activated/deployed. It provides child care fee assistance for National Guard and Reserve who are activated or deployed and whose children are enrolled in non-DoD licensed child care programs. It also provides child care fee assistance for deployed, Active-Duty Military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force) whose children are enrolled in non-DoD-licensed child care programs.

Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood: To meet their needs, the Department of Defense(DoD) has asked the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to partner with state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to refer military families to nationally accredited civilian child care programs and help additional civilian child care programs in selected communities become accredited.The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) program also supports the cost of high-quality civilian child care for eligible Service Members.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers: (Partnership with KS Center for the Book) The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book promote the importance of reading to Kansas preschoolers and other youth.

Let’s Go Outside Symposium: Created a State cadre of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors.

Inspect the Rest Campaign: Working to strengthen licensing regulations in Kansas (such as Lexi’s Law). Under Lexie’s Law, all Kansas child care facilities will be inspected on an ongoing basis, supervision guidelines will be put in place to reduce the risk of death or injury, and parents will gain access to public records related to the safety of their own child care facility. With across-the-board inspections, we can ensure the safety of thousands more Kansas children and give Kansas families peace of mind that their children are being cared for in a safe environment during the work day.

Our Partners include:

Allen Community College
Barkin’ Dog Graphics
Barton County Community College
Butler Community College
Capital Area Smart Start
Child Care Aware® of Missouri
Child Nutrition Coalition 
Children’s Leadership Council
Coalition for School Readiness
Coffeyville Community College
Colby Community College
Cowley Community College 
Dodge City Community College
Douglas County – Success By 6 Coalition
Earhart Environmental Magnet School
Ellis County Health Department
Emporia Child Care
Fat Free Marketing 
Flint Hills Resource and Referral Agency
Frances Family Institute for Child and Youth Development
Great Plains Nature Center
Hays Area Children’s Center
Healthy Kids Challenge
Heartland Programs
Hesston College
Highland Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Independence Community College
Johnson County Community College
KTWU Public Television
Kansans for Children in Nature
Kansas Action for Children
Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education
Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children
Kansas Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Kansas Association of School Boards
Kansas Cavity Free Kids
Kansas Center for the Book
Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund
Kansas Children’s Service League
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services
Kansas Department of Commerce
Kansas Department for Children and Families
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas Division for Early Childhood
Kansas Early Childhood Oral Health Advisory Council
Kansas Enrichment Network
Kansas Food Security Task Force
Kansas Head Start Association
Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
Kansas Parents As Teachers Association
Kansas State Department of Education
Kansas State Extension (Sedgwick County)
Kansas State Extension Junior Master Gardeners
Kansas State University
Kansas State University Department of Kinesiology
Kansas Wildlife and Parks
Marion County Smart Start
Marshall County Smart Start
Mid-America Regional Council’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning
Mitchell County Communities that Care Partnership for Children
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Neosho County Community College
New Dimensions in Child Care Solutions, Inc.
Northwest Kansas Smart Start
Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association
Opportunities in a Professional Education Network (OPEN) Missouri
Rainbows United, Inc.
Shawnee County Health Agency
SIDS Network of Kansas
Smart Start of Butler County
Smart Start of Dickinson County
Smart Start of Saline County
Smart Start of Reno/Rice Counties
Smart Start of Southwest Kansas
Tiny-K Foundation
United Way of the Plains Smart Start Wichita
United Way of Wyandotte/Tri-County Smart Start Coalition
University of Kansas
Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network
West Central Kansas Smart Start
Wichita State University
Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

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