the importance of
Because 90 percent of a child’s brain architecture is established before the age of 5, early intervention is key to improving outcomes for Kansas children. By supporting quality early childhood education, care, and health services, critical to strong child development, we are helping to reduce the need for more costly remediation in education and criminal justice systems of the future.
We are guided by an early childhood plan that serves as a blueprint for programs and services across the state. The plan is comprehensive and recognizes the whole child, with a focus on 3 building blocks: Healthy Development, Strong Families, and Early Learning.
The importance of
Public-Private partnerships are key to the work of the Cabinet. By its very nature, a quality early childhood system includes all of the people involved in the child’s life–the most important being parents and family, but also includes educators, child care and development professionals, doctors, nurses, and friends and neighbors in the community. When services and programs are purposely coordinated on the state and local level with a variety of public and private partners at the table, we ensure that Kansas children and families get the assistance and guidance they need.