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Uniting for Change: Child Care Community Partnership Grants Support Child Care in Kansas

October 3, 2023 | By Taryn Daniels

In Kansas, just over 84,000 young children are potentially in need of child care. The shortage of affordable, high-quality child care in our state has far-reaching impacts on parents, employers, and communities across the state. Although these issues can be intimidating at first glance,

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Is Your Child Care Program Breastfeeding Friendly?

August 3, 2023 | By Jessica Gable
Child Care Program Breastfeeding

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition maintains a list of child care providers across our state who have been designated as breastfeeding friendly.

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A Simple Formula for Child Care Business Success

May 31, 2023 | By Louise Stoney
A simple formula for child care business success

The Iron Triangle of Early Care and Education Finance is a simple formula to help busy child care providers stay on track.

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The Role of Business in Child Care Solutions

May 17, 2023 | By Melissa Rooker

Our state can’t experience economic growth unless we have someone caring for our children — and unless our children’s care prepares them to be thriving

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Black History is American History

February 16, 2023 | By Bridget Banks
Black History

Black History Month provides an opportunity, if done right, for children to learn about the pivotal role that Black people have played in U.S.

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How Families Can Help Solve the Child Care Crisis

February 10, 2023 | By Tasha Eichman
Solve the Child Care Crisis

As the years pass, affordable, quality child care only seems to grow more rare. How did we get here? What can we do as parents to help alleviate the child care

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Change is Possible

February 8, 2023 | By Jennifer Burgardt
expanding access to child care

Small incremental changes on the local level are paving the way for larger shifts, and those advances are starting to add up across the

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How Family Child Care Providers Can Become Advocates

January 24, 2023 | By Angie Carnes
providers can become advocates

Advocacy is not one-size-fits all. You can use your talents and your experience to make a

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How 2Gen Approaches Support Family Well-Being

December 5, 2022 | By Anne Mosle
Where 2Gen Approaches Meet Families

We are witnessing a sea change in early childhood, with providers and systems leaders embracing more holistic approaches to improving the health, learning, and well-being of our youngest children and their

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Empower and Support Families by Earning Their Trust

November 22, 2022 | By Carla Whiteside-Hicks
Support Families

There is a growing body of research indicating that — when families are actively engaged in their child’s learning — children experience positive, lifelong

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A Better Child Care System for Kansas Parents

November 8, 2022 | By Jessica Herrera Russell
A Better Child Care System for Kansas Parents. A working mother carrying child.

We must continue educating lawmakers about the real challenges that parents in this state are facing. When we help families overcome those challenges, more kids will be fed and cared for in loving, nurturing environments.

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

October 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Funding Impacts Child Care. Child Care Assistance

The Administration for Children and Families released new data showing that child care stabilization funds provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) have served more than 200,000 child care providers, impacting as many as 9.5 million

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For Families

Stronger Families = Stronger Children

October 27, 2022 | By Jennifer Adhima
Stronger Families = Stronger Children

Since Head Start’s inception in 1965, the program has taken a holistic approach to working with the nation’s youngest children and their families.

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Child Hunger in Kansas

August 22, 2022 | By Martha Terhaar
Child Hunger in Kansas

Providers serve millions of meals to Kansas kids each year through programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), universal school lunch and breakfast, and summer

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Using Proven Early Childhood Interventions to Combat ACES

August 18, 2022 | By David Jordan
Early Childhood Interventions

Toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are major influences on a child’s overall development — affecting school readiness, student success, physical and mental health, and other

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Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

August 18, 2022 | By Heather Braum
Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

Our government should prioritize health policy that gives every Kansas kid the opportunity to grow up healthy and

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Engaging Families to Improve Early Childhood Systems

July 28, 2022 | By Heather Smith
Engaging Families

After a decade of focusing primarily on children with special health care needs, the FAC has expanded to address the needs of four more populations: women/moms, early childhood, children, and

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An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers

July 8, 2022 | By Kelly Gourley
An Innovative Grant/Loan

Because the costs and complexities of opening a child care center are so burdensome, the community decided to incentivize people to start up new in-home facilities.

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Closing the Child Care Gap

June 28, 2022 | By Kelly Davydov
Closing the Child Care Gap

Across the state, Kansas communities are cobbling together a patchwork of public and private solutions to expand the supply of child care.

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

June 19, 2022 | By Bridget Banks

Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth), which commemorates the end of slavery in this country, is considered one of the longest-running African American holidays.

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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings

June 15, 2022 | By Bridget Banks
Culturally Responsive Staff

To ensure that all children in ECE programs are receiving the best possible start in life, it’s imperative to recruit and retain staff who are culturally responsive and willing to engage diverse

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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 Jenny Brandt
Training

We have always wanted an easier way for providers to find training — and more of it — wherever they are located in the Kansas City

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

May 5, 2022 | By Linda K. Smith
child care data

Choosing between what’s best for their children and putting food on the table is a choice no parent should have to

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Filling the Void

February 21, 2022 | By Krystal Breese
Making child care work for Kansas Stressed Child Care Provider

USD 333 is now operating a fully licensed group day care home for children from birth through age 5, with two highly qualified providers on

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Kansas Employers Should Make Child Care Their Business

February 1, 2022 | By Jen Bump
Man Researching About Us

Any parent of a young child will tell you child care is one of their single biggest considerations when it comes to accepting a job or staying with a

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Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

January 14, 2022 | By Jillian Hoefer
Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

One of the most obvious ways to engage families is to involve them in day-to-day operations. You also want to make sure they have the opportunity to voice their concerns or

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An Opportunity to Equitably Fund Child Care

January 4, 2022 | By MK Falgout
Two Well Dressed Professionals Walk Down Courthouse Steps Outdoors

Policymakers can leverage public resources slated for child care to create a more equitable

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Elevating Provider Voices

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Provider Support Center

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
Family Resources

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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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

December 10, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By John Presley Originally published in the Spring 2020 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Attachment is a word in mental health circles that has taken on a dominant connotation as relating to disruptions and disorders of relationships, particularly regarding the development of

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