State Issues

Kansas Head Start Association works closely with other early learning organizations to advocate for the needs of young children and families in our state.  In 2007, KHSA worked with these partners to create the Kansas Coalition for School Readiness, which brings together early learning and business leaders dedicated to increasing investment in quality early learning experiences. 

Working with the Coalition for School Readiness, KHSA is committed to ongoing advocacy which will expand access and increase quality for all children from birth to age five and pregnant women.

Current issues

Maintaining the Kansas Early Head Start Program

The state of Kansas invest $10.2 million annually for the Kansas Early Head Start program which serves 1,006 children birth to 3 years of age.  KEHS follows the federal standards for Early Head Start and provides comprehensive services through intensive home visits that promote healthy child and brain development with the goal of preparing our youngest children for success in school and life.  Kansas Department for Children and Families administers the program and funds 14 local agencies to provide services to these children.

Protecting the Children’s Initiative Fund

The CIF provides critical funding to agencies in the state to provide quality early childhood programs in Kansas.  The fund, established through the tobacco settlement in 1999, is administered by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.  The state receives approximately $56 million each year as a result of the settlement with tobacco companies.  By investing in children early in their lives when services to support their healthy development and shape their educational experiences, the state realizes results by having children ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten, reducing more expensive costs in special education and social services.

Earned Income Tax Credit

A strong economy and prosperity in the state rests on family economic security.  Working families that can provide for the basic necessities of their children provides a foundation that will prepare children for a successful future.  The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides a successful tool for working families to stay out of poverty and reduces the burden on public assistance.

Child and Dependent Care Credit

Access to high quality child care allows parents to work while providing quality experiences for children to prepare them to succeed in school.  The Child and Dependent Care Credit allows families to afford high quality child care while offering families income support through an income tax credit.  This tax credit provides a foundation for working families to remain in the work force thus preventing families from entering poverty and requiring support from public assistance.


Governor's Budget
Waiting List Report March 2016 - Head Start, Early Head Start and Kansas Early Head Start
Waiting List Report January 2015 - Head Start, Early Head Start and Kansas Early Head Start
Waiting List Report March 2015 - Head Start, Early Head Start and Kansas Early Head Start
NEW REPORT:  "HOPE" Act has reduced access to pathways out of poverty for families with children (Report from Kansas Action for Children) PDF