Developing Self-Control From 12-24 Months

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Toddlers have minds of their own and strong feelings that they express with gusto. “No!” becomes a favorite word and a powerful way to assert their independence. Learn ways to help your toddler learn self-control from 12-24 months at 

For 10 family ideas for calming a toddler tantrum, take a look at

Child Care Advocacy Toolkit from "Zero to Three"

Child Care Advocacy Toolkit

Emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. As almost six million American infants and toddlers spend some part of their day with caregivers other than family members, it is critical that all children and families who need it have access to high-quality child care with knowledgeable and experienced providers. These resources from ZERO TO THREE offer facts about quality infant-toddler child care, talking points for engaging fellow community members and policymakers in conversations about child care, graphics that highlight the importance of access to high-quality child care within your social networks, and more.


CHIP and MIECHV Funding Deadlines Missed


Lawmakers have missed two critical funding deadlines for programs that kids count on.

They failed to extend funding for the popular and bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before the September 30 deadline, which means health coverage for 9 million American children and 370,000 pregnant women is now in limbo. There’s a strong bill in the Senate (S. 1827) to fund CHIP for the next five years and another bill in the House (H.R. 3921) that’s a mixed bag.

They also missed the deadline to reauthorize another popular and bipartisan program: the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which funds evidence-based home visiting programs in every state to improve the early health, school readiness, and economic stability of families.

Press release courtesy of First Focus Campaign for Children


Please call your federal representatives to support both a clean CHIP bill and a reauthorization of MIECHV funding.


CHIP Funding Expires Sep 30. Here's how to help.

Kansas families won this week with the defeat of Graham-Cassidy, but kids are still at risk. Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Plan runs out on September 30. If Congress doesn’t renew funding for the program, Kansas children will lose health coverage and state budgets will face shortfalls. #KeepKidsCovered #ExtendCHIP #CHIPworks

Call your federal representatives and ask them to renew funding for CHIP. Find your members of congress here by entering your full adress:  

For more information about CHIP and how it helps children, see our news post from September 11.


Help Us Save the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) this September 19!


Time is running out for Congress to pass legislation that extends funding for CHIP, which expires on September 30, 2017. Urge your Representative and Senators to voice strong support for a clean 5-year extension of CHIP funding and to tell congressional leadership to hold a vote on funding extension before September 30.  

KHSA is asking everyone to join with child-advocacy groups to create a Twitter storm on September 19 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  For sample tweets, images (good for Twitter or Facebook), and Twitter handles for Kansas senators and representatives, check out this social media kit.

For more information on how CHIP protects children in working families, see this fact-filled blog by Pediatrician David Rubin.