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Kansas Early Childhood Journey

Kansas received a federal planning grant to begin a journey of unprecedented collaboration and growth for our state’s early childhood system. This one-year planning grant authorized by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act supports the development of a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic plan for early childhood program and services in Kansas. Funding also supports activities to maximize parental choice and knowledge of early care and education options, the sharing of best practices among providers, and overall improvements in quality.

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust FundKansas Department for Children and FamiliesKansas Department of Health and EnvironmentKansas State Department of Education, and other early childhood stakeholders are partnering to carry out this important work.

To further support a comprehensive early care and education system for children and families, the National Governors Association chose Kansas to receive specialized technical assistance over a 15-month period as part of an NGA cross-sector collaboration mentoring project. Representatives from the Governor’s Office, state agency representatives from DCF, KDHE, KSDE, the Children’s Cabinet, and the state legislature are collaborating with members of the non-profit and education communities to seek new and innovative ways of reaching all families to ensure children receive the best possible start in life.

The Journey is Unfolding

Follow the timeline and gallery of moments at the Kansas Early Childhood Journey website.

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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.