Early Head Start http://kmuw.org en 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 Sequester Cuts 440 Fewer Kids In State Head Start Programs, 74 Fewer Spots In Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/sequester-cuts-440-fewer-kids-state-head-start-programs-74-fewer-spots-wichita <p>The Kansas Head Start Association says 440 fewer children will be able to participate in its programs because of sequester cuts.</p><p>Before the federal budget cuts took effect earlier this year, <a href="http://www.ksheadstart.org/">Kansas Head Start programs</a> had more than 9,000 slots for children from low-income families. The sequester this year reduced Head Start's budget by over 5 percent.</p><p>Head Start is designed to combat poverty by offering preschool education, improving early-childhood nutrition and well-being, and encouraging parent involvement.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:43:34 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 22673 at http://kmuw.org Sequester Forces Some Head Start Facilities In Kansas To Close http://kmuw.org/post/sequester-forces-some-head-start-facilities-kansas-close <p>Budget cuts forced by federal sequestration will mean the end of Head Start and Early Head Start in three south-central Kansas counties.<br><br>The closures in Pratt, Stafford and Kingman counties will take place at the end of this month.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:14:06 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19746 at http://kmuw.org