childhood poverty http://kmuw.org en KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend http://kmuw.org/post/ks-kids-economic-well-being-downward-trend <p>The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kansas 15th overall for child well-being. While that’s one spot higher than last year in the overall state rankings, Bryan Thompson reports the numbers aren’t so good, in terms of the economic well-being of Kansas kids.</p><p></p><p>Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.</p><p>“In 2012 we have 19% of children living in poverty,” she says. "That’s unchanged from 2011, but the trend has increased significantly over time. Just a few years ago, we were at 15%.”</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 37912 at http://kmuw.org Stimulating Young Minds: Early Learning Centers Reach Wichita's Underserved http://kmuw.org/post/stimulating-young-minds-early-learning-centers-reach-wichitas-underserved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita.&nbsp; Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty.&nbsp; Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school.&nbsp; There are hundreds of children on &nbsp;TOP's waiting list.</span></p><p></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Education Steeped In Exploration</span></strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 34879 at http://kmuw.org Stimulating Young Minds: Early Learning Centers Reach Wichita's Underserved Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-child-poverty-rates-still-climbing <p>More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to <a href="http://kac.org/kidscount/">the new Kansas Kids Count report</a>, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:34:21 +0000 Bryan Thompson 26510 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Childhood Poverty Group Releases Report http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-childhood-poverty-group-releases-report <p></p><p>A panel appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback is recommending several strategies for reducing childhood poverty, including strengthening marriages, improving educational opportunities and reforming welfare-to-work programs. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Associated Press 23071 at http://kmuw.org State Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training http://kmuw.org/post/state-looks-ways-reduce-childhood-poverty-including-relationship-training <p>A task force appointed by the governor has wrapped up a series of meetings looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. They discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.</span></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:29:43 +0000 Stephen Koranda 19399 at http://kmuw.org