Supporting Family Choice

The Ideas & Solutions blog is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of child care and early education issues and ideas. We hope to provoke thoughtful discussions within the field and to help those outside the field gain a better understanding of priorities and concerns.

A Message from Child Care Aware of Kansas

Selecting a child care provider is an important decision for a family to make, and it’s often a stressful one, no matter the family’s situation. The good news is that Child Care Aware of Kansas offers a free resource for families to help them with the decision.

The Child Care Aware of Kansas Resource Center helps families take the guesswork out of the decision-making process. Assistance is available by phone, in person, and through the online search option.

First, a knowledgeable resource center specialist visits with the family to identify their specific child care needs, such as the age of their child, the days and times they need child care, and any special health care needs. Each referral is customized to the family’s particular circumstances. It also includes additional data and information on topics such as:

  • State licensing requirements
  • Financial assistance options
  • Quality child care
  • Child development

Two weeks after the referral, the family receives a follow-up call to confirm that they’ve found child care that meets their needs. A month after the referral, they start to receive our Family Connection e-newsletter with a highlighted child care article, links to additional family child care resources, and instructions to sign up for the free family texting service.

Families who sign up for our texting service continue to receive information from us on a monthly basis, keeping them connected to child development information.

Family Resources Texting Service

Text KSKIDS to 59925

  • Child Care Aware of Kansas

    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. 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.