Janice Smith joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in 2014. Janice joins the Cabinet after 12 years as the Executive Director of The Opportunity Project (TOP) in Wichita, a non-profit organization currently serving 700 low-income children across three centers that serves as a state and national model for high quality early childhood programming. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing innovative early childhood programs that are proven to have strong positive longitudinal outcomes for at risk children. She is a leader in local and state collaborations to support quality initiatives in early childhood and has been a key player in the development of financial private-partnerships which have been instrumental in the success of TOP.
Prior to joining TOP, Ms. Smith was a classroom teacher and administrator for the Mulvane and Wichita Public Schools. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor with Wichita State University, Newman University, Butler Community College and Cowley Community College. Janice is a candidate for a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Wichita State University. She holds an MA in Communications from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, and a BA in English/Education from Park College, Parkville, Mo. She holds licensure from Kansas Department of Education, Administrator & Teacher, PreK – 12 and from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Program Director Approval–Child Care Centers.
Other Cabinet Staff
Dyogga Adegbore, Program Consultant
Amy Meek, Early Childhood Director