Who We Fund

Children’s Initiatives Fund

The 1999 Kansas Legislature created the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) to support programs promoting the health and welfare of Kansas children. Historically, the CIF has supported programs and services with a focus on early childhood, health, and child welfare. The CIF is funded by money from a settlement with the nation’s largest tobacco companies known as the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

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 participate in an annual evaluation and accountability process. The findings are used to provide recommendations to the governor and the legislature for allocations of the fund. CIF program profiles are presented in the Children’s Cabinet Annual Report.

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Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention

The Children’s Cabinet is the designated lead agency for federal Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) services, supporting community-based prevention programs that assist families and individuals in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) programs exist in every state and were established by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1996/2003. The purpose is to:

  • Support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand, and enhance initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect;
  • Coordinate resources and activities to support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect; and
  • Foster understanding and knowledge of diverse populations effective in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

Each year a request for proposals outlines the vision for programming and seeks innovative and evidence-based services to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The Children’s Cabinet Annual Report details the work of CBCAP fund recipients.

Early Childhood Block Grant

Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant funds are distributed to school districts, child care centers, Head Start sites, and community programs that provide preschool and research-based child development services. The grant process is driven by accountability measures with a focus on at-risk children and underserved areas. Read more about ECBG programs in the links below. 

ECBG in Kansas 


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