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About KAC

Kansas Action for Children’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy transforms the lives of Kansas kids. The Topeka-based KAC focuses on early education, health care access, and family supports for the more than 707,000 children who call this state home. With support from individuals and private foundations, KAC has worked for more than four decades to make Kansas the best place to live, work and raise a family.

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19 July 2022 | Tax and Budget

Payday Lending Practices Prey on Struggling Kansas Families

Emily Fetsch | July 19, 2022

The past several years have been difficult for many Kansans, particularly families with children. Low- and moderate-income families are more likely to experience food, housing, and job insecurity and are disproportionately more likely to be families of color. With rising inflation rates, the cost of living will continue to make it harder for families to afford the basics, potentially driving even more Kansans to find other immediate ways to provide for their families. 

Be a Champion for Kansas Kids

Kansas Action for Children engages, educates, and activates champions for the smallest Kansans. Here’s how you can join our team and make a difference, right now and in the future.


years of KAC putting the children and families of Kansas first.


children call our state home. We owe them a bright future.


Kansas kids live in poverty. We can and must do better.

Areas of work

Every Kansas child — from birth to elementary school— should have access to high-quality early education, access to affordable health care, and support if times get tough. These investments in the early years create a rock-solid foundation for growth and development that lasts a lifetime. And through sensible budget and tax policy, Kansans support kids and families who otherwise would go without. These four areas, separate but tightly linked, are at the center of all that KAC does.


AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE is necessary for children and adults, and untreated illness costs money and lives. We should start with...

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Early Learning

HIGH-QUALITY EARLY LEARNING is formal and informal education delivered by qualified and fairly compensated professionals in home, center, and school...

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Family Supports

PROVEN PROGRAMS HELP FAMILIES ON THE EDGE. Programs such as the federal and state EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and...

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Tax & Budget

SENSIBLE FISCAL POLICY MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Children can thrive when they have their basic needs met. Through our tax dollars,...

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