Healthy Kids Bright Futures lifts up families with children ages zero to three to build a strong foundation for children’s academic success. The project connects families to coordinated services while engaging them in building leadership in Healthy Kids Bright Futures and in their communities.
The project focuses on non-Early Head Start, early care and education centers that serve families with limited income in communities that have the greatest need. In Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, there are more children who need care than available quality spaces in centers.
Children under 6: 16,314
Capacity of licensed child care centers: 3,442
Quality spaces in licensed centers: 948
Children under 6: 53,541
Capacity of licensed child care centers: 18,575
Quality spaces in licensed centers: 4,034
Source: Child Care Aware of America
The project’s collaborative and comprehensive approach pulls together families, centers and their communities to help children be more ready for kindergarten.
Families: Building leadership skills and engagement
Families can have a powerful voice for meaningful change that impacts their children, the learning environment and their community. However, few early care and education centers offer opportunities for family engagement and leadership. Here’s how the project partners with families:
Centers: Strengthening practices and policies
Quality early care and education centers can have lasting positive effects on children, their families and communities. However, many centers have limited capabilities and connections to support optimal child and family education, health and development. Here’s how the project partners with centers:
Community: Building a network of support for families
Communities offer many resources that can help families in multiple areas of their lives. But geography and eligibility issues, system fragmentation and lack of affordability make it difficult to access those resources. Here’s how the project partners with communities:
Healthy Kids Bright Futures involves multiple partners and collaborating organizations. As the project progresses, we’ll expand this network.
For more information, please contact Rhonda Erpelding, project director, at 816-523-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.