We know what children need to succeed. Every Kansas child should have high-quality early education, nurturing places and spaces, and routine health care. These investments in the early years create a foundation for growth and development that lasts a lifetime. However, current Kansas law makes it difficult for children and families to receive these investments. Luckily, with administrative and legislative changes, we can increase access to these tools for success.
Kansas ranks 48th in the federal share of its state budget, ranking above only Hawaii and Virginia. By increasing its use of federal dollars, the state can be more fiscally responsible by shifting state dollars currently being used unnecessarily to other needed investments. In our latest brief, we outline some of the federal funding sources currently used in Kansas. All can be strengthened and employed more efficiently to provide greater assistance to children and families.