Make physical infrastructure improvements to ensure healthy and safe environments for children to grow and learn.
7.1.1 Prioritize investments in quality improvement grants to help licensed child care programs address environmental and material upgrades, with particular focus given to supporting the needs of underserved children.
7.1.2 Study local zoning and homeowner associations across the state to identify laws that adversely affect the ability to operate a child care business in residential and commercial spaces.
Many early childhood professionals have been able to access funding and resources to support infrastructure improvements through the Child Care Impact Grant program, the Kansas Hero Relief Program, and comfort kits provided to child care providers by KDHE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many funding sources limit or prohibit use of funds for capital improvements, some PDG Quality Subgrants and Remote Learning Grants supported program and facility improvements such as new supplies and materials and enhancements to improve accessibility for children with special health care needs. Additionally, 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.