Strategic Plan

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Strategy 1.3

Implement an integrated set of tools and practices at the state level that support families and providers with connecting to the right service at the right time.

1.3.1   Promote the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline as a statewide resource (centralized access point) for providers and families who are unsure where to go and are seeking early childhood care and education support, information, and resources. Ensure accuracy of helpline data through the implementation and maintenance of Aunt Bertha, a statewide resource directory.
State agency led tactic.Local individual or small group champions.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

1.3.2   Facilitate the expansion of IRIS, the Integrated Referral and Intake System, with interested communities in an effort to strengthen provider partnerships, communication, and accountability when connecting families to services.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

1.3.3   Connect providers and communities to technical assistance to help them effectively adopt and implement the tools, resources, and practices that meet their needs to streamline navigation for families.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

1.3.4   Identify and support telehealth opportunities in a variety of health care and early childhood care and education settings to increase access to specialty services in rural areas.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

Progress Update

Kansas communities, providers, and families have embraced the benefits of tools and supports such as 1-800-CHILDRENIRIS, and state-level technical assistance to meet their early childhood needs. 1-800-CHILDREN, the statewide parent helpline and online resource directly, has a robust toolkit – including marketing videos, printed fliers, and outreach staff – to help families, providers, and communities understand how to access and stay connected to resources. IRIS continues to expand across the state and build networks within communities. Adaptive TA, a new PDG-funded service for communities, offers outreach and support for individual providers and entire communities working to understand the tools that make it easier for families to navigate systems. PDG funding was also used to award Quality Subgrants to community organizations. These funds help families navigate local services and improve the quality of services available.  

CARES Act funding was used to enhance remote service provision and telehealth, specifically for home visitors who were able to purchase devices and connectivity services for their families to safely continue receiving vital prevention visits.