Build community capacity for providing high-quality early childhood care and education programs and services.
5.3.1 Explore use of microloans, loan guarantees, credit enhancement programs, and tax incentives to address access to capital to enhance early childhood care and education capacity.
5.3.2 Target investments in high-quality, affordable child care options to expand capacity for families with nontraditional work schedules, infants, and/or children with special health care needs
5.3.3 Promote mixed-media resources on topics specific to child care business development and entrepreneurship.
5.3.4 Encourage partnerships for a cooperative model for child care services that meets the unique needs of rural and family child care.
5.3.5 Provide technical assistance
5.3.6 Explore options to fund early childhood special education to incentivize inclusive preschool programming, including a review of Kansas Special Education Categorical Aid.
The Children’s Cabinet awarded a grant to the SENT Prep Academy in Topeka to open a new center in the Hi-Crest neighborhood. The center opened its doors to students in May, and currently has 18 students enrolled. Additionally, some PDG Quality Subgrants are working to enhance and expand child care services in their community.
The Community Service Tax Credit Program led by the Kansas Department of Commerce supports nonprofit organizations looking to take on major capital campaigns through tax credits for donors.
There are several initiatives working to provide business practices training and/or resources for child care providers, including Kansas Quality Network, Links to Quality, and Child Care Aware of Kansas. Adaptive TA conducted environmental scans to better understand the availability of child care in communities.
12 communities participated in the Kindergarten Readiness Summit in fall 2020. The Kansas Head Start Association is holding quarterly community check-in meetings with these communities throughout 2021 and providing technical assistance.