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.
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 2022-2023 Events Calendar for Early Childhood Programs – Updated January 24, 2023, 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 2022-2023 and Timelines for KSDE reports, KIDS & MIS Collections for 2022-2023.
The KSDE Early Childhood team regularly shares updates in KSDEweekly, the weekly newsletter that is the one-stop source for KSDE news and information. You can email email@example.com to request to subscribe to KSDEweekly newsletters. Click here to view previous KSDEweekly updates related to early childhood.
However, please email Beccy Strohm (firstname.lastname@example.org) with updates to district points of contact for all early childhood programs.
KSDEweekly Update - Preschool Funding Resources for 2023-2024-November 10, 2022
KSDEweekly Update - 2023-2024 Preschool Revenue Calculator, Budget Template now available – Dec. 8, 2022
September 2021 Lunchtime Hot Topics Recording - Kansas Preschool Budgeting Resources (external Link)
2023-2024 Preschool Revenue Calculator and Budget Template (Updated Jan. 25, 2023) (Excel)
Dec. 14, 2022 Slides – Overview of 2023-2024 Preschool Funding Resources, Including Revenue Calculator and Budget Template (PDF)
Preschool Revenue Calculator and Budget Template Users Guide - Updated Jan 25 2023 (PDF)
2022 Summer Budget Workshops - Early Childhood Funding information (PDF)
2021 KSDE TASN Summer Leadership Conference Early Childhood Funding Session Recording (external link) and slides (PDF)
The Parents as Teachers® (PAT) evidence-based affiliate model provides parents with the skills and knowledge they need to help make informed decisions regarding their child’s education. The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services. KSDE serves as the Parents as Teachers® State Office and supports local programs with implementing the Parents as Teachers affiliate model. The Kansas Parents as Teachers page has more information.
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 our Preschool Program link.
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.
Early Childhood Home Page
(General information, Webinars)
Early Childhood Director
Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
Julie R. Rand
Early Childhood /State Preschool Programs Consultant
SICC (State Interagency Coordinating Council) Consultant
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KSDE Early Childhood Team Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2019
Kindergarten Readiness Resources Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2022
2022 Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot (ASQ) Fact Sheet (PDF)
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)
Kansas Full Day Kindergarten Guide (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas booklets
Kindergarten in Kansas English (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas Spanish (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas Arabic (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas Burmese (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas Swahili (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas Vietnamese (PDF)
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The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. (more information...)
To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by 785-296-3201.