Kansas

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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Child Care Capacity Accelerator Grant Program Expansion Physical Space and Facilities

One-time funding

In 2022, the state used Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) funding to create a grant program to support construction, major renovation, and operational activities to add high-quality and sustainable licensed childcare seats. The Child Care Capacity Accelerator grant program is administered through the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund (KCCTF) and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. A maximum of $39 million will be awarded for capital investments/construction and operational costs incurred during the project period. While there is no set minimum or maximum award amount, KCCTF anticipates awards in the range of $250,000 to $2,000,000 for collaborative projects that significantly close the child care capacity gap.

Learn More: Child care capacity accelerator

Sources:

All in for Kansas Kids. (n.d.). Child Care Capacity Accelerator.
Kansas State Department of Education. (n.d.). Information on Child Care Capacity Accelerator Community Grant Opportunity.
Kansas State Department of Education. (2022). SPARK executive committee recommendations.

Kansas Early Childhood Data Trust Infrastructure Systems Data Systems

Early Childhood Integrated Data System

Formed in 2021, Kansas Children’s Cabinet’s Kansas Early Childhood Data Trust is an early childhood integrated data system. The system supports sharing of demographic, program, individual, and family data for early childhood programs and children receiving services from birth through age 5. The private data is shared between the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas State Department of Education, and Kansas Department of Corrections for specific projects through data-sharing agreements. The goal of the Trust is to improve the quality of data, maximize use of existing data, and identify needs and gaps in service delivery.

The Data Trust was enacted under an agreement between the 5 state agencies in the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. The Children's Cabinet and this project receive Preschool Development Grant Renewal Funds.

Learn More: Kansas Early Childhood Data Trust

Other Sources:
Kansas Office of the Governor. (2019). PDG Renewal Grant Proposal

Kansas Children's Initiatives Fund Dedicated Funding Streams Tobacco Master Settlement

In 2021, Tobacco Master Settlement funds generated $52 million to support children’s initiatives

In 1999, Kansas established the Children's Initiatives Fund (CIF) to promote the well-being of Kansas children. CIF is sustained through Kansas’s portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which generated $52 million for the CIF in FY 2021. Most CIF funding is allocated to the Early Childhood Block Grant, which supports pre-K as well as care and education for children ages 0-3.

Learn More: Kansas Children's Cabinet Annual Report
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Demographics Data Scorecard

State population

2,937,150 Source U.S. Census, 2022

Rural %

27.7% Source U.S. Census, 2020

Urban %

72.3% Source U.S. Census, 2020

Number of children 0–4

178,147 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

37% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median family income among households with children

$83,400.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Unemployment rate

2.9% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

Unemployment rate of parents

3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

72% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

30% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Race and Ethnicity

  • American Indian and Alaska Native (1%)
  • Asian (3%)
  • Black or African American (6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (19%)
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (0.49%)
  • Two or more races (5%)
  • White, not Hispanic or Latino (65%)
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Early Childhood Education Programs Link copied!

Early Childhood Education Programs

Public Pre-K Program Name

Preschool-Aged At-Risk Program Source: NIEER 2023

Public Pre-K Program Name

Kansas Preschool Pilot (KPP) Source: NIEER 2023

Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

Targeted Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

Targeted Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Programs

  • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (18%)
  • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (6%)
  • Other/None (76%)

Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

Programs

  • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (42%)
  • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (7%)
  • Other/None (51%)

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2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

Role

  • Child Care Workers
    $9.68 (2017, adjusted)
    $10.20 (2019)
  • Preschool Teachers
    $13.54 (2017, adjusted)
    $14.08 (2019)
  • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
    $20.40 (2017, adjusted)
    $19.99 (2019)

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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

Funding Source

  • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($81.1)
  • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($75.8)
  • CCDBG State Match ($8.2)
  • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($467.3)
  • State-Funded Pre-K ($103.7)
  • MIECHV ($4.8)
  • IDEA Part C ($6.1)
  • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($6.7)
  • TANF Early Learning and Care ($25.0)
  • Preschool Development Grant Birth ($11.6)