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Early Childhood

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.

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

Grant applications to provide early learning opportunities during the 2019-2020 school year were due March 8, 2019. KSDE has completed reviews for grant applications for Kansas Parents as Teachers, the Preschool-Aged At-Risk (State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk) program, and the Kansas Preschool Pilot.

The Kansas State Board of Education approved the Preschool-Aged At-Risk (State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk) slot allocations for 2019-2020 on May 14. We anticipate that the Kansas State Board of Education will consider recommendations for grant awards for Kansas Parents as Teachers and the Kansas Preschool Pilot during the June meeting. We will subsequently notify applicants of their award. Questions regarding the applications may be sent to earlylearning@ksde.org.

The KSDE Early Childhood Team will be contacting districts in April and May clarifying items for the 2019-2020 early learning grant applications, finalizing reallocation of Preschool-Aged At-Risk (State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk) slots for the 2018-2019 school year, and collecting information regarding Kansas Preschool Pilot services and expenditures in 2018-2019. We appreciate your partnership in these responses so that we can share notification of awards as quickly as possible!


Related Materials:

Kansas Early Learning Grants Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Kansas Parents as Teachers (Kansas PAT) SY2019-2020 Grant Requirements, Assurances, and Application (PDF)

Preschool-Aged At-Risk SY2019-2020 Grant Requirements, Assurances, and Application  (PDF)

Kansas Preschool Pilot SY2019-2020 Grant Requirements, Assurances, and Application (PDF)

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.adobeconnect.com/_a1089458390/kansas-earlylearning/ 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) / materials (pdf)
May 3, 2019 (Adobe Connect) / materials (pdf)

 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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