KAC recommends: Tax history, child care demand, and a podcast

By Emily Fetsch February 5, 2020 BOOK: The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics by Isaac William Martin. With lots of Statehouse focus on property taxes this year, I spent the past week reading this book to better understand the history of anti-tax campaigns. The governor’s budget includes a plan to address local property tax through … Read More

Bill would strengthen child care licensing, ensure safety

Kansas Action for Children February 4, 2020 Science tells us that stable, consistently nurturing experiences and relationships early in life shape the architecture of the developing brain. Because the bulk of future development is based on the strength of these early foundations, we must ensure that every Kansas child has the opportunity for those positive experiences. Safe and nurturing child care spaces are essential to a … Read More

Detention for runaway children the wrong approach

Kansas Action for Children January 28, 2020 Kansas Action for Children opposes HB 2445, a misguided bill that would allow children who run away to be placed in a juvenile detention facility for 24 hours. Research has shown “any intervention that places youths within a deviant group therefore risks exacerbating and consolidating their antisocial behavior.”[1] In 2016, Kansas took a … Read More

Why expanding Medicaid makes sense for Kansas kids

Kansas Action for Children January 23, 2020 Kansas Action for Children’s vision is to make Kansas the best state to raise — and be — a child, and our organization shapes health, education, and economic policies that improve the lives of Kansas children and families. We support expanding KanCare coverage because it will improve the health and well-being of Kansas … Read More

Increasing high-quality, affordable child care in rural Kansas

By Tate Mullen December 16, 2019 High-quality, affordable child care is essential for Kansas children and their families. Increasing the supply for quality providers and investing in early childhood education produces positive academic, health, and social outcomes. Unfortunately, in rural areas of Kansas, there is less access to these important programs, leaving working families to face a shortage of child … Read More

More Kansas young children lack health insurance

By Emily Fetsch December 11, 2019 With well-baby appointments, routine immunizations for toddlers, and screenings for development milestones with preschoolers, pediatricians recommend that children have 15 check-ups by the time they’re 6 years old. Given the necessity of frequent appointments, it’s alarming that the rate of Kansas children under age 6 without health coverage is growing. Kansas is one of … Read More

Georgetown University report finds progress has stalled for Kansas kids’ health

Analysis shows 38,000 Kansas children remain without health coverage. Emily FetschNov. 7, 2019 The number of uninsured children nationwide increased by about 400,000 in the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of gains, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. An estimated 4 million children were uninsured nationwide in 2018, the … Read More

ABC Intervention program helps Kansas families

Amina Seck August 26, 2019 Investing in home visiting programs helps Kansas parents gain skills to support children’s development. While Kansas has several home visiting programs, five Kansas-based foundations are working together to pilot the evidence-based Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Intervention training program in our state. Home visiting programs, which are voluntary, teach parents knowledge and skills about child … Read More

Failure to address postpartum depression can have multigenerational consequences

Amina Seck August 6, 2019 Parents have a profound impact on their children’s health. A child’s development can be strongly affected by their parents’ health, including mental health. Women who suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), which is severe depression lasting longer than 10 days after delivery,[1] can benefit from additional parenting support. Policymakers must do more through changes to KanCare, … Read More