Where We Are

Listening, Learning,
Analyzing, and Planning

Kansas communities large and small are coming together to share visions and opportunities for creating an ideal early childhood care and education system. From community engagement sessions to story collection, surveys, and more, here’s an overview of what we’re learning from each of you, and where we aspire to go from here.

Needs Assessment Findings

An overall needs assessment findings document is currently being prepared and will be submitted by the end of the year to the Administration for Children and Families as documentation of our effort on the PDG B-5 grant. The Needs Assessment report will also be distributed here online and through various state and local events in the near future. 

Strategic Plan Aspirations

Needs assessment findings illuminate the goals and direction of our state’s plan for early childhood. The Strategic Plan is currently being drafted, and we continue to seek input from voices across Kansas to inform the planning process. A public document is anticipated in early 2020.  

Community Engagement

These community engagement sessions served as an impartial forum for sharing experiences and perspectives on the early childhood care and education system now and in the future.

Our Tomorrows Stories

The Our Tomorrows team collected stories from across Kansas asking people to share about a time when their family was thriving or just surviving. These stories provided context to existing data and filled in gaps where data didn’t tell the full story.

Visioning Sessions and Parent Cafés

These visioning sessions and parent cafés modeled the same approach taken at community engagement sessions, with the intent to gather information and perspectives on the early childhood care and education system.

Environmental and Workforce Surveys

Child Care Aware of Kansas completed an Environmental Needs Assessment with childcare providers across the state of Kansas to identify opportunities related to childcare environments.

Additionally, Child Care Aware of Kansas and KCCTO (Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities) conducted a joint survey to assess the professional development (PD) needs of the Kansas early childhood workforce.

Existing Needs Assessments

One component of the needs assessment process was a review of existing needs assessments and reports from the broader early childhood care and education system in Kansas.

Provide Feedback

Join us by answering a few questions based on the information Kansans told us they wanted for their early childhood care and education system. Together we can ensure the best start in life for all Kansas kids.

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.