Child Start News

Child Start’s Annual Hats & Mittens Drive!

[/fusion_separator]   As a Head Start grantee and in order to design a program that meets community needs and builds on strengths and resources, Child Start must conduct a community assessment at least once…

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month — FREE TRAINING!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we want to share a valuable resource with you to help equip parents!  As reports of child sexual abuse continues to appear in headlines, more parents are seeking resources to understand and address the risk of sexual abuse. MinistrySafe’s new two-part Parent Training is designed to help parents…

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IRIS Family Focus Group

Calling all families in Sedgwick County!! Have you used the IRIS (Integrated Referral and Intake System) to help connect your family with services in the Sedgwick County area? Here’s your chance to share…

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Getting close!! Register for Camp GWC Virtual Conference!

You are in for a treat! Camp GWC, formerly Growing With Children, is the largest early childhood conference in the area. Each year over 350 professionals from across the state join together for a full day of learning, meeting other professionals, shopping, prizes, and fun.  For the safety of our participants, once again this year is virtual, but…

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$2500 Head Start Kid Scholarships

Dottie Bishop was a longtime employee of Child Start and before retiring she worked in the areas of special education and early literacy. Ms. Bishop passed away in 2013 and her family started a memorial as a tribute to Dottie’s lifelong service. With the memorial funds, Child Start established one scholarship in honor of Dottie…

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Virtual Giving Campaign

Child Start has kicked off their second annual Virtual Giving Campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of quality, early childhood education for all children. We are certain you have seen much on the child care crisis this year and if you are local to Wichita you may have even seen Child Start interviewed…

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Sign-on Bonuses at Child Start!

Child Start is now offering sign-on bonuses for the following positions: $2,000 Lead Teacher Teacher – Early Head Start Family Educator Registered Nurse $1,500 Assistant Teacher Family Advocate Licensed Practical Nurse $1,000 Site Supervisor Coach $750 Classroom Aide $500 Food Server Maintenance Technician Child Care Health Consultant Special Projects Coordinator Site Administrative Assistant Quality Assurance…

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Virtual Early Childhood Job Fair – Date Change!

We are happy to announce that we will be working with the Workforce Center of South Central Kansas to host our very first ever Virtual Job Fair for recruitment of Early Childhood Professionals! Tuesday, October 19 – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM This event is for anyone searching for positions in Wichita in the early…

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Teaching Staff Open Interviews

Child Start is holding open interviews for early childhood teaching staff on September 14th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm! Quality, early childhood education changes the future of a child. Be a part of a greater tomorrow by touching the life of a child today. View some of our open positions here! Please keep the…

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Child Care Certificate Scholarships

Earn your Child Care Certificate Child Start is accepting applications for All In For Kansas Kids Child Care Certificate Scholarships worth $1,000, half of the cost of the Certificate from Cowley College. Learn more about the certificate at: https://catalog.cowley.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=5&poid=552&returnto=837 Eligibility: Live in Cowley, Sedgwick, or Sumner County Willing to complete entire Child Care Certificate within…

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Enrolling for Head Start and Early Head Start

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Camp GWC 2020 Cancelled, But Returning in 2021

Every year, we look forward to connecting with our early childhood community at Camp GWC and sharing our vision for the future that we’re building together. But given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year, rescheduling to April 10, 2021. This was a tough call to…

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Online Mini Learning Experiences

Now Available… Online Mini Learning Experiences! Your membership gives you access to our newest benefit… Online Mini Learning Experiences!  Due to COVID we have not been able to come to your sites to perform our monthly themes, but we have heard from you how much you miss them.  Because of this, we have developed Online Mini Learning Experiences. Just like…

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Training Scholarships for Child Care Providers

Child Care Training Scholarships In order to help support the child care workforce during COVID 19, Child Start’s Early Childhood Connections program is awarding over 180 scholarships so child care professionals can obtain the critical training they need during these unprecedented times.  Applicants must work, or be preparing to work in a licensed Child Care…

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Changes to Child Start Trainings in regards to COVID-19

Dear valued early childhood professional, In regards to the safety of all of our attendees and staff during this uncertain time of COVID-19, we are taking measures to protect everyone while still providing the critical services that Early Childhood Connections of Child Start provides.  In response, we are bringing the wonderful, live, in-person trainings to…

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Contacting Us During Stay At Home Order

Staying in communication is important during these times, and in response, Child Start is implementing ways for you to stay connected with us. Phone: When you call, if you do not reach the receptionist, you can use the Phone Extension list found here or on our Contact page.  Just type in the extension when prompted. …

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COVID-19 Update about Child Start sites

 Child Start plans to be open next week ONLY at our main office, 1002 S. Oliver.  Only a few staff will be in the office at a time, but the phones will be answered. All of the Head Start centers will be closed, and enrolled families will be contacted to share information about how we…

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Camp GWC Shirt Sales Open!

Get your Camp GWC shirt! Starting at $14.00, your purchase helps support Child Start’s Early Childhood Connections program! We have pre-purchased shirts and have delivered to the printing company.  We expect to receive them back on March 20th. Because of this, shirt sizes are limited!  Order soon to guarantee your size! Women’s shirts: Super soft!…

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Early Bird Ending Soon!

Camp GWC 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 Early bird rates end soon!  Make sure you register before rates increase! We are excited about all of the changes this year: First, we are bringing in three national speakers: Dr. Anthny Broughton (aka Mister B); Charmaine Erwin of Zoo Phonics, and Cassandra O-Neill for our leadership track….

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Why Choosing Quality Child Care Matters

“Many parents feel that having their child feel safe and secure and getting lots of individual attention is the mark of quality child care. A safe, loving, stimulating environment is important. Your child also needs a place to be challenged to learn, reach his potential and eventually prepare for elementary school. The right place will…

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Encouraging Children to Enjoy Books Independently

“There’s no disputing it: Being read to every day by a parent or caregiver fosters close relationships, builds vocabulary, knowledge, and early literacy skills, and helps children grow up to love reading. Don’t overlook the additional benefits of helping children learn that enjoying books independently, is good too. Children can productively spend time with books on their…

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Accepting applications for our next Quality Project!

Are you looking for an opportunity to increase the quality of your child care, receive financial stipends and free training? We are currently recruiting Family/Group Child Care Homes to participate in our next Child Care Quality Initiative Project. This project enhances child care quality through coaching and professional development to support positive child interactions and…

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