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Early Learning

Members of the Early Childhood team have responsibilities including coordinating the many early childhood programs located in KSDE, providing Technical Assistance to early childhood personnel in programs across the state, and participating in meetings, coordinating councils, and conferences that occur across Kansas. Early childhood include the continuum of birth to age eight (3rd grade).

The Early Childhood team through leadership and partnership, advances the provision of high quality early childhood and family services that result in the ability of all young children to succeed in school and life.

Early Learning Standards 2013 Revision

This is the third revision of the Kansas Early Learning Standards and is aligned with the K-12 College and Career Ready Standards. These standards are to be used to support the learning and development of young children ages birth to kindergarten and will also support the work of teachers in kindergarten through third grade, clearly showing the continuum of learning from birth through grade three. The Kansas Early Learning Standards are not an assessment or a curriculum and are not to be used to keep children out of a program. These standards can help educators and home visitors address the needs of the children in their care.

Kansas Early Learning Standards (PDF)

Kansas Early Learning Applications for SY2019-2020

The Kansas State Department of Education’s Early Childhood Team is pleased to announce the release of applications to provide early learning opportunities during the 2019-2020 school year.

Districts are eligible to apply for all three early learning funding opportunities: Kansas Parents as Teachers, the State Pre-K Four Year Old At-Risk program, and the Kansas Preschool Pilot. Community partners are eligible to apply for the Kansas Preschool Pilot.

All applications must be received (completed, documents uploaded, and submitted) no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 8, 2019.

For each application you are interested in, the Kansas State Department of Education recommends:

  1. Downloading, reading and completing the application template below.  *Please note: the budget must be completed using the SurveyMonkey application. Completing the budget in the template will assist with timely submission in SurveyMonkey.
  2. Saving your completed grant template.
  3. Completing the application using the appropriate SurveyMonkey application link.
  4. Uploading completed grant template when prompted.
  5. Clicking “Submit” when your application is complete.

SurveyMonkey is used for grant submission, including uploading of required documents.

Questions regarding the applications may be sent to earlylearning@ksde.org

Kansas Early Learning Grants Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Kansas Parents as Teachers (Kansas PAT) SY2019-2020 Grant
Template (Word) / Layout (PDF) / Application Link (external link)

State Pre-K 4 Year Old At Risk SY2019-2020 Application
Template (Word) / Layout (PDF) / Application Link (external link)

Kansas Preschool Program SY2019-2020 Application
Template (Word) / Layout (PDF) / Application Link (external link)

Early Learning Webinars

For early learning providers and administrators during school year 2017-18. There will be opportunities for questions and the webinars will be recorded for future reference or for those unable to attend. Participants will be asked to log in at https://ksde-tasn-webinar.adobeconnect.com/kansas_elk_webinar to view and download materials and engage with presenters. There will be opportunities for questions and the web meeting will be recorded for future reference or for those unable to attend. Please find a schedule of dates and topics on the TASN website: https://ksdetasn.org/resources/1929

August 18, 2018 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
September 21, 2018 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
October 19, 2018 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
November 16, 2018 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
January 11, 2019 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
February 15, 2019 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)
April 15, 2019 (Adobe Connect)
May 3, 2019 (Adobe Connect)

Early Childhood Home Page
    (General information, Webinars)

Early Childhood Team Director
Amanda Petersen

Early Childhood / Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant
Nis Wilbur

Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
Natalie McClane

Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator
Julie Ewing

Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services
(SICC – State Interagency Coordinating Council)

Jordan Christian

Problems with this webpage
Beccy Strohm
(785) 296-6602

Early Childhood Fact Sheets

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