Ensuring Every Child Thrives

Kansas has the opportunity and new federal grant funding to shape our state’s future direction for early childhood by developing a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic plan over the next few months.

This collaborative effort invites the voices of all Kansans. In 2019, we toured the state and heard from an impressive cross-section of over 6,100 contributors. This process of uncovering needs and looking for bright spots resulted in the 2019 Needs Assessment, released February 6, 2020.

As we work to address these needs and emulate bright spots, we are crafting a strategic plan that continues to be informed by new insights and stories from families, providers, and stakeholders. What steps can we take – as individuals, communities, and as a state – to build the early childhood care and education system that Kansans tell us they want?

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Where We've Been

Explore the timeline of moments to follow this project back to its beginning. 

Where We Are

View the 2019 Needs Assessment and follow the ongoing strategic planning process.

Where We're Going

There’s much more to learn and many more voices to be heard. Get involved today!

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Funds for this project are provided through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five 90TP0016-01-00 ($4,482,305) was awarded to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Click here to view the state’s grant application materials. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are leading this work with KSDE. This information or content and conclusions should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HHS, ACF, or the U.S. Government. Any food or refreshments are not paid for by federal funds.