Early childhood experiences lay the foundation for a child’s future academic success. A child’s health and physical well-being, along with the development of cognitive, communication and social-emotional skills, all can be influenced by the community, educational environment, family and the individual child. Effective policies, targeted and appropriate levels of funding, and collaborative systems of support enhance a child’s ability to thrive in learning environments.
The Early Childhood Team at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) supports local agencies providing early learning opportunities and collaborates with internal and external partners to strengthen early childhood in Kansas. Early childhood spans birth to age 8 (third grade). Our goal is that each student enters kindergarten at age 5 socially, emotionally and academically prepared for success.
This 2021-2022 Events Calendar for Early Childhood Programs – Updated August 27, 2021 is intended to help early childhood program staff know when events and deadlines are coming due. It includes items related to state-funded early childhood programs including Early Childhood Special Education, Kansas Parents as Teachers, Preschool-Aged At-Risk, and Kansas Preschool Pilot. Dates are subject to change.
The KSDE School Finance Team also provides useful calendars on their Online Budget Packet webpage: Payment Dates for State and Federal Aid 2021-2022 and Timelines for KSDE reports, KIDS & MIS Collections for 2021-2022.
August 18 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
July 20 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
June 8 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
May 12 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
April 16 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
April 8 2021 KSDE Update for Kansas Head Start Association APM Meeting (PDF)
March 15 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
February 8 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
January 7 2021 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
December 18 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
December 2 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update(PDF)
November 3 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
October 9 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Webinar Follow-Up (PDF)
October 7 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
September 15 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Webinar Follow-up (PDF)
September 3 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
August 18 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Webinar Follow-up (PDF)
August 12 All in for Kansas Kids Webinar Takeaways – Putting Guidance into Practice (PDF)
August 11 2020 KSDE Early Childhood Update (PDF)
2021 Summer Budget Workshops - Early Childhood Funding Information Handout (PDF)
Kansas Preschool Revenue Calculator and Budget Template (Excel) – Updated July 26, 2021
September 2021 Lunchtime Hot Topics Recording - Kansas Preschool Budgeting Resources (external Link)
Kansas Preschool Revenue Calculator and Budget Template Instruction Manual - Coming Soon
2021 KSDE TASN Summer Leadership Conference Early Childhood Funding Session Recording (external link) and slides (PDF)
Kansas has the opportunity to shape our state’s future direction for early childhood. In 2019 thousands of Kansans informed a comprehensive needs assessment of early care and education programs and services. This led to development of the All in for Kansas Kids strategic plan. Now early childhood partners are working together to put this plan into action. The federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five provides funding for these activities. Visit: https ://kschildrenscabinet.org/all-in/ to learn more and get involved.
This evidence-based affiliate model provides parents with the skills and knowledge they need to help make informed decisions regarding their child’s education. KSDE serves as the State Office to support local programs in implementing the KPAT model. The Kansas Parents as Teachers page has more information https://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=534.
High-quality early learning opportunities prepare students to enter kindergarten at age 5 socially, emotionally and academically prepared for success. KSDE administers several programs that provide funding to support preschool for Kansas students: the Preschool-Aged At-Risk (State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk) program, the Kansas Preschool Pilot, and Early Childhood Special Education (Section 619 of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act). While these programs each have unique requirements, KSDE encourages local districts to offer services that support the needs of each student in inclusive environments. KSDE also hosts the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC), which is responsible for advising and assisting the Kansas governor and legislature on matters that impact Kansas families with children ages birth to 5 who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays. For more information about Preschool Programs visit https://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=555.
To advance kindergarten readiness in Kansas, all Kansas kindergarten classrooms are utilizing a new tool to better understand students’ development. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and the Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ: SE-2) provide a snapshot of children’s developmental milestones. The Kindergarten Readiness page has more information.
The KSDE Early Childhood Team regularly shares information on the Early Learning listserv, including reminders and updates for webinars. You can join the listserv by emailing Beccy Strohm: email@example.com.
Early Childhood Home Page
(General information, Webinars)
Early Childhood Director
Early Childhood / Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
Julie R. Rand
Early Childhood /State Preschool Programs Consultant
Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services
(SICC – State Interagency Coordinating Council)
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KSDE Early Childhood Team Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2019
Kindergarten Readiness Resources Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2021
Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2021
Kansas Early Learning Standards (PDF)
Kansas Early Learning Standards Toolkit (External Link)
2019 Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards for Early Childhood(PDF)
Kansas Prekindergarten Guide (PDF)
Kansas Quality Network (External Link)
Kindergarten In Kansas (PDF)
Kindergarten In Kansas (Spanish Version) (PDF)
Kansas Full Day Kindergarten Guide (PDF)
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