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Links to local, state, and national resources important to families and early childhood professionals

Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, 2.9 million children and 86,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of their day care.

Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program
Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program is a national, voluntary, quality assurance system for community child care resource and referral programs (R&Rs). The program is designed to ensure that families across the country have access to consistent, high quality consumer education and referral services.

Child Start is Quality Assured by Child Care Aware!

Child Care Providers Coalition of Kansas, Inc.
CCPC is the statewide organization for family child care providers and offers training, technical assistance, and advocacy for family child care providers.

Kansas Protection Report Center
Report child or adult abuse and/or neglect
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program
The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program is an innovative certification program that targets individuals working in the childhood care and education field. ECAAP provides workers with quantifiable skills and portable, industry-recognized credentials that meet Kansas’ early care and education industry requirements.

You must:

  • Live in the State of Kansas
  • Complete the application
  • List all household members on the application
  • Sign and date the application
  • Provide Citizenship and Identity verification (New)
  • Provide all household income verification for 3 months (2 months for renewals)
  • If self-employed, provide your most recent tax return, including all schedules and attachments, or 3 months of business ledgers

Household income verification is necessary to complete the process and determine which program family members qualify for. Children in households with income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level qualify for HealthWave. At you will find the newest Federal Poverty Level Table. If your family income is close to these guidelines, get an application and apply TODAY!!!! Call our Customer Service Center with questions.

HealthWave Customer Service Center
1-800-792-4884 | TTY: 1-800-792-4292
Also provided in Spanish
Healthwave – avanzando con la stention medica para el resendente de Kansas

Kansas Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies “Child Care Aware of Kansas (Formerly KACCRRA)”
Website: http://www.Child Care Aware of Kansas (Formerly KACCRRA).org/

Kansas Action for Children “KAC”
Kansas Action for Children has helped shape policy that puts children first. Explore our website to learn more about KAC’s policy work. Then, take action … stay informed … and know the facts. Together, we can shape health, education and economic policy that will improve the lives of Kansas children and their families.

Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KAEYC)
Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children is committed to improving early childhood education for young children from birth to eight years. KAEYC works for young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. The organization’s vision is that all children in Kansas have access to quality, early childhood experiences. Kansas AEYC is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health
Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health offers information and resources on social emotional health of young children.

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities
Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities provides comprehensive, low cost training to family child care and center-based providers. KCCTO also oversees CDA scholarships. For more information on KCCTO or the CDA, call 1-800-CARE-KSU or 785-532-7197.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The original licensing law which was passed in 1919 placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children and maternity patients will not be exploitative, unsafe, or unhealthy. The main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and home. It is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care they are paying for meets minimum standards of good care.

Registration or Licensure (depending on the number of children in care) is required regardless of the motivation for providing care, and whether or not there is advertisement of or payment for services. The essential fact is that a child or children receive care away from their own homes.

Health departments offer training for child care providers as well as inspect and regulate all early child care programs in Kansas.

Kansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan
Kansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan provides information on how Kansas unites early childhood state system components, funding streams and initiatives, coordinates existing early childhood programs, improves the reach and impact of public and private investments in early childhood, provides a road map for policy makers, state agencies, and local communities to make programmatic and funding decisions in a unified manner.

Kansas Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council
Kansas Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council gives information to ensure that a comprehensive service delivery system of integrated services is available in Kansas to all children with or at risk of developmental delays from birth through age five and their families.
Website: (National website only)

Kansas Department of Education
The Board is charged with the general supervision of public education and other educational interests in the state. While clearly acknowledging the role and importance of local control, the Board has the responsibility to provide direction and leadership for the supervision of all state educational institutions under its jurisdiction.

Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF)
DCF is a great source of support for both providers and parents. DCF’s mission is to protect children and promote adult self-sufficiency. It provides a wide range of programs that support child care.

Kansas Head Start Association
Head Start serves the child development needs of preschool children (birth through age five) and their low-income families. There are 28 Head Start programs in the Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA), including two based in Nebraska (serving Kansas Counties) and two Native American programs.

Kansas In-service Training System (KITS)
The Kansas In-service Training System offers training for early childhood professionals and families, specializing in training on children with special needs. For more information, contact KITS at 1-800-362-0390 or 785-864-0725.

Kansas Parents As Teachers Association (KPATA)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. It is a universal access model.

Kansas Reads To Preschoolers
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, a project of the State Library of Kansas, was created to highlight the importance of reading to children as well as to promote the library as a renewable resource of reading material. The goal is that every Kansas child between the ages of 0 – 5 years (all 226,453 of them!) will be read to during Children’s Book Week.

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
MARC seeks to build a stronger regional community through cooperation, leadership and planning. Through MARC’s leadership, area jurisdictions and diverse community interests sit down together to address the region’s problems and identify the opportunities for cooperative solutions. These efforts, in turn, enhance the effectiveness of local government.

Smart Start Kansas
Smart Start Kansas grants provide flexible dollars that allow communities to respond to the needs of all local children and families. The funds are used to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of early learning opportunities and to provide health services for children.

National Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides health and wellness information for families with Spanish options available on the site.

Born Learning
Born Learning is a tool designed to help educators and parents nurture children’s learning in the early years.

National Association for Family Child Care
Info on accreditation standards and criteria

National Association for the Education Of Young Children
Info on accreditation standards and criteria

National Head Start programs in the U.S.A.

  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • Migrant Head Start and
  • American Indian Alaskan Native Programs
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National School Age Care Alliance (NSACA)
NSACA’s mission is to build a profession that develops, supports and promotes quality after-school programs for children and youth. A national membership organization representing public, private, and community-based providers of after school programs, NSACA promotes national standards of quality school-age care for children and youth 5 – 14 years old, and grants accreditation to programs meeting the standards.

Talaris Institute
Talaris Institute offers research and materials on early child development. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child offers scientific publications on a variety of early childhood topics.

USDA Food Program
Reimburses licensed child care facilities for nutritious meals and snacks served to children.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national center for infants, toddlers and families that offers information for policymakers, professionals, and parents.

Mental Health Resources

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Docs for Tots

Early Childhood Mental Health, Social-Emotional Development
and Challenging Behaviors

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

National Child Care Information Center: Mental Health Needs of Young Children

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

World Association for Infant Mental Health

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