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Central Messages

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What Kansans Told Us

These two central messages are the consistent trends we saw again and again in the data:

Geography Matters

Families’ experiences are profoundly shaped by where they live across the state and within communities. Geography impacts the availability and accessibility of early childhood services and supports, creating isolation and navigation barriers;

Basic Needs Are Not Being Met

Too many young Kansas children grow up in families where basic needs are not met. The struggle to meet basic needs such as food, housing, and health care challenges families’ ability to give their child a strong start in life.

These realities are in stark contrast to our vision of every child thrives. We aim to address these challenges in our All in for Kansas Kids Strategic Plan.

Download the Full Needs Assessment Document (PDF)