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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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Grandparents Adventures

September 12, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Samantha Sulsar, Coordinator, Child Care Aware of Kansas I can’t help but smile every time I open the silverware drawer.  The spoons and forks that rattle and clank when the drawer is pulled open are far more than just simple utensils used for boring everyday tasks, these spoons are

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10 Reasons to Become an Early Childhood Education Professional

September 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Michelle Gilbert, Early Care & Education Specialist, Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas Across the nation, conversations are taking place about the shortage of qualified early childhood professionals. In Kansas, the topic of workforce development comes up at virtually any meeting

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A Beautiful Career: What Family Child Care Can Do

September 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Emily Barnes, Owner/Manager, Barnes Child Care, for the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. After my second child, postpartum anxiety started interfering with my ability to work. Thoughts swirled around my head: What would happen if I stepped away from my job to take care of

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1-800-CHILDREN

September 1, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Vicki Roper, Director, Prevent Child Abuse Kansas, for the Fall 2020 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. The outbreak of the coronavirus has changed our world – dramatically – and rapidly. Although the risk to the physical health of young children appears to be low, their risk of

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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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Encouraging New Foods Through Play

August 18, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Diana Floyd, RD, LD, Kansas State Department of Education Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Getting children to try new foods can be challenging. Children can be picky eaters and consume less than the optimal variety of foods each day. Parents and

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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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Why Bother Going Outside?

August 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Jeannie Evans & Janelle Balarashti, Early Care & Education Team, The Family Conservancy Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine As we face this time of uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical that we make sure our

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For The Public Good: Child Care As Economic Development

August 10, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Dr. Bradford Wiles, Associate Professor/Extension Specialist, Kansas State University Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The argument for access to quality, affordable child care has historically been: “It’s for the children!” This is a moral

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Keeping Children Safe and Healthy – Questions to Ask Your Child Care Provider About COVID-19

August 6, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Your child means the world to you, and you do all you can to make sure they have what they need to be healthy and happy. You shouldn’t have to worry about your child’s health and safety while you work, go to school, or pursue your goals. There’s much your child care provider can do

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Finding a Training Has Never Been Easier!

July 13, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Finding a training is now easier than ever! Providing early care and education is one of the most rewarding – and challenging – careers you could choose! As an early care and education professional, you are able to nurture young children as they develop and explore the world around

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Child Care Sustainability Grants

July 12, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Kansas child care providers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, even when other businesses closed. Yet many are struggling to stay afloat. Prioritizing the health and safety of young children comes with increased costs for child care programs, at a time when revenue for child

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Know Better…Do Better

June 14, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Since launching the Child Care Aware of Kansas “Point-In-Time Data” feature on May 18, 2021, our website has received over 800 unique visitors specifically looking for information about the supply and demand of child care in Kansas

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Start Young three-year pilot proves successful; year four funding secured from Kansas Children’s Cabinet

June 10, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

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Parent Leadership Conference! Register now!

May 21, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

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Childcare Collaboration: Foundational Support for the Workforce of Tomorrow

May 21, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought childcare challenges to the forefront of families, businesses, and legislatures minds. In a recent series of state-specific surveys completed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, referred to as the Untapped Potential economic impact reports, it

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Center for American Progress Highlights the Role of Child Care Aware of Kansas in Optimizing Distribution of Pandemic Relief Funds

May 18, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

On April 15, 2021, the Biden administration made the largest-ever investment in American child care, releasing a historic $39 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to

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Gov. Kelly proclaims May 7 Provider Appreciation Day

May 7, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

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Mastering Record Keeping and Taxes in the Age of COVID

May 5, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Join Tom Copeland for this live virtual training specifically for Kansas child care programs presented by the Department for Children and Families in coordination with

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COVID-19 Update

April 14, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

With COVID-19 affecting the communities we serve, we are conducting all coaching, professional development events and meetings virtually or by phone whenever possible. We are reassessing on a continual

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Community Collaboration on Child Care Needs

March 31, 2021 | By admin

Child Care Aware of Kansas partnered with the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce to engage community stakeholders in identifying community childcare needs and provide local solutions. A group of public and private partners worked collaboratively, utilizing a “strategic doing”

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Governor Kelly Announces Over 50,000 COVID-19 Comfort Kits Were Provided to Kansas Kids, Families Statewide

March 17, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Press Release Posted by David Elliott (KRSL) Governor Laura Kelly has announced that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) provided over 50,000 COVID-19 comfort kits to child care facilities across the state. In partnership with Child Care Aware of Kansas (CCAKS),

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Child Care Health Consultant Network

February 19, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

We partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to launch the next phase of consultations for licensed child care

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