Our mission is to provide early childhood development services that prepare children for lifelong success.
All of our work is focused on high-quality early childhood learning with enduring benefits that last well into adulthood.
Every year, through the Head Start Program, our staff serves more than 600 children from birth to the age of five from low income families.
Child Start offers resources and support to 1,000 licensed child care facilities in five founties – Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Harvey and Sumner.
3,000 caregivers receive training to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality early childhood environments and receive credit required by Kansas licensing standards
Head Start 0-5 Program
Free program for pregnant mothers and children ages 0-5.
Early Childhood Connections
Providing services to early childhood professionals and parents which include training, coaching and mentoring, marketing, and a resource library.
Child Start was established in 1958, created in response to unmet needs for child care in the community. The United Fund (now United Way of the Plains) had appointed a committee to look into the problem, and that committee recommended establishment of a new agency to oversee the sponsored services.… read more >>
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Current Bid & Proposal Opportunities
All open bids and proposals for Child Start, including Head Start, appear below. If nothing appears below, there are no bids currently being accepted. Check back often.
Child Start, Inc. is seeking prime vendor food distributor proposals for the 2022-2023 school year. This contact will help us to provide classroom meals and snacks for our Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs and keep our students well-fed and ready to learn. Please review the Contract draft…
Child Start, Inc. is seeking prime vendor contracted meal proposals for the 2022-2023 school year. This contract will help us to provide classroom meals and snacks for our Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs and keep up to 400 Sedgwick County students well-fed and ready to learn across…
Please read the details of this RFP here: RFP for Wage Comparability Study
Meeting Space Rentals
Child Start has several meeting rooms available for rent. Please contact us for more information and pricing >>