It is the responsibility of the Cabinet to “review, assess, and evaluate all uses of the monies in the Children’s Initiatives Fund” as part of the funding recommendation process. To meet this directive, all CIF programs are required to participate in an annual evaluation and accountability process. The accountability process findings are used to provide recommendations to the governor and the legislature for allocations of the fund. Results from this accountability and review process are presented in the Annual Investment Impact Report (aiir), along with the story of how Cabinet work reaches our most vulnerable Kansas children and families.
Autism Diagnosis funding enables Interdisciplinary teams to work together to quickly and accurately diagnose autism.
The Autism Diagnosis program trains community-based teams to recognize early signs of autism and connect parents to diagnostic resources. The University of Kansas (KU) Center for Child Health and Development collaborates with the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth and Autism Diagnostic Teams (ADTs) to increase early
identification and intervention for children at risk for, or diagnosed with, Autism Spectrum Disorders. The collective work of these partners helps decrease the wait time between a child’s screening, diagnosis, and subsequent intervention, ensuring children and families have access to needed supports as quickly as possible.
Child Care Assistance
Child Care Assistance funding provides support for families needing child care, enabling parents to work or improve job skills.
The Child Care Assistance (CCA) program supports families who are initially living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level or who are at or below 85% of the state median income at their annual review. CCA provides families with a subsidy to finance child care while parents work, attend school, complete a GED, or fill a temporary emergency need. CCA
promotes school readiness and financial stability by increasing families’ access to high-quality child care environments. The program typically serves families with children under age 13 but some exceptions allow funding for children up to age 18. The Children’s Initiatives Fund dollars are used for direct subsidy payments to child care providers.
Child Care Quality Initiative
The Child Care Quality Initiative program offers outreach and training on protective factors to promote nurturing environments.
Child Care Quality Initiative (CCQI), a program of Child Care Aware of Kansas, equips child care professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to increase the quality of early learning environments. In addition to offering professional development opportunities for child care professionals across the state, CCQI delivers a year-long intensive coaching program. The program engages up to 40 home-based child care providers through targeted coaching interactions, professional development events, parent engagement events, peer learning collaboratives, and quality assessments. By making safe, affordable care
more accessible, CCQI works to better prepare all Kansas children to succeed during their school years and beyond.
Children’s Mental Health Waiver
The Children’s Mental Health Waiver provides access to outpatient services for children diagnosed with Serious Emotional Disturbance.
The Children’s Mental Health Waiver, also known as the Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) waiver, supports families by granting
access to necessary services that allow children with serious mental health conditions to remain in their homes. Eligible children have a diagnosed mental health condition that substantially disrupts their ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally.
Services are guided by a case plan that positions parents and children as active participants and includes case management, outpatient therapy, and respite care.
Early Childhood Block Grant
The Early Childhood Block Grant program provides education and support services for at-risk young children and their families.
Because the years between birth and kindergarten are critical to a child’s overall development and lifetime success, Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) recipients focus on providing services to at-risk children, ages 0-5, and their families. Public-private partnerships are encouraged to maximize
resources, foster innovation, and help avoid duplication of services. ECBG programs participate in the Cabinet’s Common Measures Initiative, which uses shared measurement tools to collect data and better understand
statewide risk and program outcomes. Services include: pre-K and 0-3 care and education, social emotional consultation, home visiting, literacy activities, and parent education.
Family Preservation Services
Family Preservation Services provides intensive in-home services for families at-risk.
Family Preservation Services equips families with the tools and supports they need to keep children safe and prevent out-of-home
placements. Evidence-based assessments and family input are used to develop a step-by-step plan to achieve family well-being. Intensive services are provided for 365 days or until all safety concerns are addressed, at which point the intensity of services is reduced. A typical family service plan includes ongoing safety
assessments, assistance in obtaining community support services, behavior management coaching for parents, education on family living skills, and crisis intervention.
Infant Toddler Hearing Aid Loan Bank
The Bank provides hearing aids for infants in need.
The Infant Toddler Hearing Aid Bank removes the financial barriers many families face when trying to obtain hearing amplification
devices. Families with children up to age 3 who have any type or degree of hearing loss can access a range of hearing aids to meet the specific needs of their child. Once the child has received their appropriate device, the Infant Toddler Hearing Aid Bank connects the family to early intervention services and a network of other families who have children with hearing loss. Early detection and intervention for hearing loss are key to ensuring a child’s
development stays on track.
Infant-Toddler Services builds family capacity to meet the needs of children who have disabilities or developmental delays.
Infant-Toddler Services (ITS) promotes early screening and detection of developmental delays and provides early intervention services
for families with children (from birth to age 3) who have a developmental disability or delay. Services are delivered to families in their natural environments, and providers work alongside community partners to ensure families have the resources they need to support their child’s development.
Kansas Preschool Pilot
The Kansas Preschool Pilot supports preschool programs for children ages 3 to 5.
The Kansas Preschool Pilot (KPP) funds school districts and community partners to support high quality preschool programming for children ages 3-5. The program implements evidence-based curricula, instruction, and assessment practices shown to prevent later academic and behavioral challenges. Four key components guide the work of KPP: community collaboration, family engagement, high quality early learning experiences, and successful
children. Each of these elements are known to improve quality in early learning and promote success in school.
The Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network works to prevent the risk of SIDS.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are tragic losses impacting the lives of
bereaved parents and families as well as their support systems and communities. The Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network works to decrease the risk of infant death by offering training and education about safe sleep practices. Local programs and events, such as Community Baby Showers, promote a statewide
infrastructure to educate current and expectant parents, relatives, community members, and health and child care providers about the importance of safe sleep.
Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting
Provides home visiting services for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants.
Maternal Child Health Home Visiting is a strengths-based model connecting any Kansas family with infants to the resources they need to
create a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment. Families receive individualized services before, during, and after pregnancy, with the frequency of visits and duration of services based on each family’s needs. Home visitors act as a bridge for families in setting and reaching their parenting goals by sharing information about child development, health
and safety, positive parenting behaviors; and by connecting to community-based resources, services, and supports as needed.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers offers home visits for new parents to stimulate child learning and development.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based parent education and family engagement home visiting model designed to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to support their child’s development. In coordination with the Kansas State Department of Education and local school districts, certified parent educators work with families to foster healthy development and promote positive parent-child interactions. Developmental and health screenings are used to identify potential delays or areas of concern, implement interventions, and refer families to additional community resources when needed.
Serving at-risk children from birth to age 5 in Wyandotte County.
Start Young is led by The Family Conservancy and funded through Kansas Communities Aligned in Early Development and Education (CAEDE).* Start Young assists child care providers in increasing the number of children
served in Wyandotte County by offering material and furnishings grants for new classrooms. Families are supported through child care subsidy advocates who assist families in completing the state child care subsidy
application and in applying for supplemental tuition assistance scholarships through Start Young. The program also brings quality systems support to providers through multiple quality initiatives in classrooms and educational
incentives for child care providers.
Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Works toward tobacco-free environments for children and families.
The Tobacco Use Prevention Program uses evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to educate the public and
increase awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco use. The program aims to prevent children from becoming smokers,
reduce tobacco-related deaths and exposure to second-hand smoke, and promote policy change. To support the success of current
tobacco users who are trying to quit, the program operates the Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW).
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (2018). The Toll of Tobacco in Kansas.