Building a brighter future where every Kansas child thrives

Our vision is that Kansas is a place where all children have their needs met and have access to quality early childhood care and education, so they are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Our mission is to build a solid foundation for Kansas children and families, with a strongly aligned and coordinated early childhood system in place. The All In For Kansas Kids Strategic Plan guides our state’s efforts toward building a better future for every Kansas child.

Kansas Partners and Organizations Are Going All In For Kansas Kids

Every Child Thrives – this is not a vision or challenge for any one organization or state agency alone. By working together, we can bring the energy and expertise of our entire ecosystem to make Kansas the best place to raise a child. Below are just a few of the many organizations and agencies, at both the state and local levels, collaborating to meet the needs of young children, their families, and our early childhood workforce.

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund is the designated Kansas Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet coordinates and provides oversight for early childhood systems building, including implementation of the strategic plan. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet Board is made up of individuals appointed by the governor and the Kansas legislature.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment serves to safeguard all Kansas children and their mothers by ensuring they are cared for in safe and supportive environments. The department leads the work to ensure children with special health care needs receive the support they deserve.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families works to ensure the well-being of children by helping families access quality child care and other services and support providers and communities to strengthen their programs and services. This department is the lead agency for the Child Care and Development Fund.

The Kansas State Department of Education provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s K-12 education system. This agency works to ensure all Kansas children receive a quality education and are ready for kindergarten.

Through family outreach, professional development, and on-campus programs, Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) is dedicated to serving all children from birth to 21 who are blind or visually impaired statewide.

Additional Partners

  • Child Care Aware
  • Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities
  • Infant-Toddler Specialist Network
  • University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research
  • Child Care Provider Coalition
  • Kansas Parents as Teachers Association
  • Kansas Head Start Association
  • Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.
  • Child Start
  • El Centro
  • Family Resource Center
  • Kansas Deaf-Blind Project
  • Oral Health Kansas
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Wichita State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Juniper Gardens Children’s Project

Get Involved

The future of our state rests in the hands of our children, so we recognize the critical importance of providing a strong start in life. It’s up to all of us. If you would like to help shape the direction of early childhood in Kansas, there are many ways to get involved!

Stay Informed

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