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Kansas Action for Children (KAC) shapes health, education and economic policy on behalf of all children in Kansas. Their advocacy strategy includes research and analysis, communications and outreach, and public policy advancement. KAC prioritizes opportunities that contribute to mitigating, preventing, or reducing childhood poverty for children from birth through age eight.

State Allies:

Kansas - State Early Childhood Policy
Kansas Action for Children • Topeka, KS
Top Priorities for 2021

Build public understanding and support of work and family support programs so Kansans will advocate to eliminate barriers caused by the HOPE Act.

Improve Medicaid and CHIP for children and new parents by lengthening eligibility periods and expanding services.

Train and support child care providers and parents in state and federal advocacy for increased investment in child care.

Conduct a culturally responsive public awareness campaign about the importance of brain development in early childhood and safe, stable, and nurturing environments.

Increase enrollment in the child care assistance program through digital advocacy, public education, and encouraging local investments in referral services.

Kansas’ 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (D)

122,713 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Advocates were poised to make positive changes for families, especially in support of child care. These wins would have been an achievement due to the fractious environment created by disagreement on Medicaid Expansion and a proposed constitutional amendment.

Because the 2020 session was incredibly short due to the pandemic, it was difficult to accomplish goals. Since the session ended, more has been achieved for children, families, and child care providers through advocacy with state agencies and the Children’s Cabinet and via the CARES Act. No drastic changes to the budget were made in the special session.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from Kansas:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 


The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Kansas early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice