Kansas Action for Children http://kmuw.org en Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ranked-16th-child-well-being-things-may-not-be-they-appear <p>Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's <a href="http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx">KIDS COUNT Data Book</a>. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:10:40 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19359 at http://kmuw.org 2013 Session Mixed For Kansas Children’s Advocates http://kmuw.org/post/2013-session-mixed-kansas-children-s-advocates <p>Kansas lawmakers spared early childhood programs from the budget axe this year, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.<br><br>The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million dollars that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:18:14 +0000 Bryan Thompson 18419 at http://kmuw.org KS Early Childhood Programs Are Almost Out Of Money http://kmuw.org/post/ks-early-childhood-programs-are-almost-out-money <p>As Kansas lawmakers continue to search for common ground on a budget, an advocacy group says the long-term future of early childhood programs is at stake.<br><br>So far, the competing versions of a state budget for 2014 have all included Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to transfer $9.5 million dollars from the Children’s Initiative Fund to the State General Fund.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:24:45 +0000 Bryan Thompson 18030 at http://kmuw.org