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"... achieving high standards of literacy for every child in the United States is a shared responsibility of schools, early childhood programs, families, and communities." --IRA & NAEYC Joint Position Statement, 1998

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Kansas Resources

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 Assessment Literacy Project The KSDE Assessment Literacy Project includes 21 different modules designed to enhance the assessment literacy of educators in an online, interactive format that can be used individually or in groups. Module topics range from AYP and Assessments to Validity.
These modules can be accessed simply by clicking on the download link next to each module. Each module may be completed on its own or you may want to follow a sequence. It is up to you which modules you want to learn about.
Assessment Literacy Project Coordinator:
Jeannette Nobo
Kansas State Department of Education
120 S.E. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 296-4948
Child and Adult Care Food Program The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults. Because CACFP participants’ nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for families.

Cheryl Johnson, MS, RD, LD Director, Child Nutrition & Wellness
KSDE
120 S.E. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 296-2276
FAX (785) 296-0232

State Pre-Kindergarten Program This program provides a quality early childhood educational opportunity for four year old at-risk children to prepare them to be successful in school. There are multiple criteria to qualify for the program. In addition to the educational program, children receive services such as counseling, health, transportation and nutrition services.

Barbara A. Dayal
Education Program Consultant
Kansas State Department of Education
120 S.E. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 296-4964

KITS Early Childhood Resource Center The Early Childhood Resource Center is designed to provide professionals working with young children, and families with young children access to appropriate and diverse evaluation and assessment instruments, curricular materials, and professional materials.

Kim Page
ECRC-KITS
2601 Gabriel
Parsons, KS 67357
(620) 421.6550 x1638
(800) 362.0390 x1638

Kansas Action for Children Kansas Action for Children is a private, not-for-profit, citizen-based corporation founded in 1979. For nearly 30 years, Kansas Action for Children has helped shape policy that puts children first. Explore our Web site to learn more about KAC's policy work. Then, take action ... stay informed ... and know the facts. Together, we can shape health, education and economic policy that will improve the lives of Kansas children and their families.

Kansas Action for Children
720 SW Jackson,
Suite 201
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 232-0550
FAX (785) 232-0699

Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KAEYC) is committed to improving early childhood education for young children from birth to eight years. KAEYC works for young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. The organization’s vision is that all children in Kansas have access to quality, early childhood experiences. KAEYC is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Robin VanAtta, Administrator
633 Albert Avenue
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 280-0088
FAX: (785) 404-2071
E-mail

Kansas Coalition for Effective Family Engagement The Kansas Coalition for Effective Family Engagement stregthens early learning outcomes of vulnerable children by developing leadership and building capacity of families, schools and communities to work together to promote success.
Barbara Gannaway
Kansas Coalition for Effective Family Engagement
715 SW 10th St.
Topeka KS 66612
E-mail

Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund

The Kansas Children's Cabinet has been directed by the statute to undertake these four overarching responsibilities:

  1. Advising the Governor and the legislature regarding the uses of the moneys credited to the Children's Initiatives Fund;
  2. Evaluating programs which utilize Children's Initiatives Fund moneys; 3. Assisting the Governor in developing and implementing a coordinated, comprehensive delivery system to serve children and families of Kansas; 4. Supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Children's Trust Fund.

Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund
900 SW Jackson St. Room 152
Topeka, KS 66612-1221
(785) 368-7044
(877) 204-5171

Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services The mission of the Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services is to ensure that a comprehensive service delivery system of integrated services is available in Kansas to all children with or at risk of developmental delays from birth through age five and their families.

Jordan Christian
Public Service Executive
Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services
Kansas State Department of Education
Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson St., Suite 620, Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3953
www.ksde.org

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Infant-Toddler Services (ITS) is a comprehensive, statewide system of community-based, family-centered early intervention services for young children, ages 0-3, with disabilities and their families. The services are provided through the implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (IDEA)

Heather Staab
KDHE - Bureau for Children, Youth and Families
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
(785) 296-2245
FAX: (785) 296-8616
(800) 332-6262

Kansas Migrant Family Education Program Kansas Migrant Education Program is a program designed to break the cycle of poverty and improve the literacy of migrant families through a unified program of family literacy services. These services are defined in law as early childhood education, adult basic education or English Language instruction, and parenting education. Projects provide a number of services and strategies to help parents and children meet their educational goals and to support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher. Services are provided to migrant agricultural families that qualify for the MEP.

Doug Boline
State Director, Migrant Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
Phone: 785-296-2600
Fax: 785-296-5867

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), federally funded under Title V of No Child Left Behind, is the official Parent Information Technical Assistance Center for the state of Kansas. KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of education and provides information and resources to help parents, educators and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.

Jane Groff, Director KPIRC
3500 SW 10th Avenue
Room 011E
Topeka, KS 66604
(866) 711-6711
(785) 783-2975
FAX (785) 215-8742
E-mail Contact Information

Kansas Reading Association (KRA) The Mission of the Kansas Reading Association is to promote learning through quality literacy experiences for all.

President
5165 Somerset Drive Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66207

Kansas Resource Guide The Kansas Resource Guide (KRG) is a collaborative effort to connect consumers and service providers with resources and services for women, infants, children, youth, and people with disabilities in Kansas. Through this website, we strive to provide a central point of entry for resources, reducing time spent in searching for resources. This collaboration is done in partnership among the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas State Department of Education, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, and the Department of Oral Health.

Kansas Resource Guide
KDHE, CYSHCN Program
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1274
800-332-6262 or local: 785-296-1317
E-mail

Parents as Teachers PAT is a primary prevention program. It is designed to maximize children's overall development during the first three years of life, thus laying the foundation for school success and minimizing developmental problems that might interfere with learning. PAT is designed to serve ALL parents-from single, teenage mothers to two-parent, well-educated families. Experience has shown that parents want to be good parents and welcome the kind of support that PAT offers.

Janet Newton
Kansas State Department of Education
120 S.E. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 296-4964

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National Resources

Age Level

Center for Early Literacy Learning
0-5 years
First Words Project
0-5 years
Reach Out and Read National Center
0-5 years
Get Ready to Read
0-5 years
National Center for Family Literacy
0-8 years
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
0-8 years
United Through Reading
0-8 years
American Library Association
0-8 years
International Reading Association
0-8 years
Division for Early Childhood
0-8 years
Reading Is Fundamental
0-8 years
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
0-8 years
 All Children Can Read: Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
0-18 years
Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
0-18 years
Pre-K Now
3-5 years
LD OnLine
5-18 years
International Dyslexia Association
5-Adult
Read, Write, Think
All Ages
Council for Exceptional Children
All Ages

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Family Literacy Projects

 
Why is Family Literacy Important
0-8 years
Family Literacy Project: Family Literacy Resources for Teachers and Parents 0-8 years
Family Literacy Project. Learning Centers for Parents and Children. A Resource Guide 0-8 years
Promoting Family Literacy: Raising Ready Readers
0-8 years

Fun Sites

Age Level

Niehs Kid's Page Sing Along Songs
 
Sesame Street
2-6 years
Childtopia
3-10 years
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
3-5 years
Baby Karaoke
3-6 years
Story Place: the Children’s Digital Library
3-8 years
Caillou
3-8 years
Clifford the Big Red Dog
3-8 years
Flash Play & Learn
3-8 years
Welcome to Seussville
3-8 years
Berenstain Bear Country
3-8 years
The Internet Public Library Story Hour
3-8 years
Children's Storybooks Online
3-8 years
Storyline Online
3-8 years
Bob The Builder
3-10 years
Starfall
3-11 years
Games and Stories From Nickelodeon
3 years & up
Little Animals Activity Centre
4-7 years
Arthur Online
4-8 years
Handwriting Worksheet Maker
4-8 years
Chateau Meddybemps
4-12 years
Kids Fun Canada
4-12 years
Bembo’s ABC Zoo
5-8 years
Ask Jeeves for Kids
5-8 years
Primarygames.com
5-10 years
Aesop’s Fables Online
5-10 years
Author Interviews (Podcasts and Videos)
5-10 years
FunBrain.com
5-12 years
Magic School Bus
5-12 years
Kids’ Vid
5-12 years
Sports Illustrated for Kids
5-13 years
America’s Story: Discover the Stories of America’s Past
5-13 years
International Children’s Digital Library
5-15 years
Zoom
7-13 years
Rhyme Zone
7-14 years
Puzzlemaker
7 years-Adult
The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society
All Ages
The Official Eric Carle Website
All Ages