Systems Building

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 in 2019.

This collaborative effort invites the voices of all Kansans. Thus far, we’ve heard from an impressive cross-section of nearly 6,000 contributors. As we shift from uncovering needs toward thoughtful and responsive strategic planning, it’s even more important to share your voice.

What steps can we take – as individuals, communities, and as a state – to build the early childhood care and education system that Kansans told us they want?

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Where We've Been

Explore the timeline of moments to follow this project back to its beginning. View archived webinars and see where we’ve traveled  across the state. 

Where We Are

We’ve talked with Kansans from all corners of our state and are analyzing needs and gaps to determine how these
translate into action. 

Where We're Going

There’s much more to learn and many more voices to be heard. Get involved today! There are a variety of ways to share your experiences.

Questions about the Early Childhood Systems Building Project? OR Submit a Moment to the Early Childhood Journey!

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Funds for this project are provided through the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), 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.