childhood poverty

Economy
11:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend

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.

Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.

“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%.”

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Stimulating Young Minds: Early Learning Centers Reach Wichita's Underserved

A preschooler at TOP Early Learning Center South uses an eyedropper to mix water colors during class.
Sean Sandefur

The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita.  Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty.  Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school.  There are hundreds of children on  TOP's waiting list.

An Education Steeped In Exploration

Cornelia Stevens is Executive Director of TOP Early Learning Centers.

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Community
7:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing

More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to the new Kansas Kids Count report, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The group’s president, Shannon Cotsoradis, says that compares with about 18 percent five years ago.

“When you have almost one in every four kids growing up in poverty, and we know the long-term consequences of that, we really have to worry about the future of our state," she says.

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Childhood Poverty
5:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Childhood Poverty Group Releases Report

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.

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Community
6:29 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

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.

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.

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