Healthy Kids Bright Futures

Healthy Kids Bright Futures lifts up families with children ages birth 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.

Wyandotte County
Children under 6: 16,314
Capacity of licensed child care centers: 3,442
Quality spaces in licensed centers: 948

Jackson County
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

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:

  • Community navigators help families identify their individual needs through an assessment and referral screening and support them as they connect to community partners.
  • Community partners from multiple sectors provide services and resources to support optimal health and development for children.

 

Partnering Early Care and Education Center

  • Canada’s Child Care
  • Corporate Kids Kansas City
  • El Centro Academy for Children
  • Learning & Fun Preschool
  • Uncle Sam’s Academy for Tots
  • Upper Room Upper Room Early Learning Center