Healthy Kids Bright Futures expands with new staff, key partner



Healthy Kids Bright Futures welcomes two community navigators and a new partner to its comprehensive project.

Miranda Carpenter and Micah Rose Emerson have come on board as community navigators and will support families with children in partnering early care and education centers in KCK and KCMO, respectively. They will conduct initial comprehensive screenings and provide ongoing family support with referrals to community resources and services.

Micah Rose Emerson

Miranda Carpenter

Carpenter comes to us from Kansas Children’s Service League. Her experience includes home visits with foster care families and mental health and educational based services.

Emerson, through her work at CarePortal, has experience connecting families in crisis with area churches that can respond in real-time.

“Bringing community navigators on board is giant step toward really being able to make an impact for families in Kansas City,” says Rhonda Erpelding, project director.

Start at Zero has signed on as a partner. This local nonprofit was founded by two Kansas City mothers in 2016 to provide a community-centered approach to kindergarten-ready kids and empowered families.

“Start at Zero’s involvement is key because its mission aligns closely with that of Healthy Kids Bright Futures,” Erpelding said.



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