Kansas Restores State Funding for Early Head Start in 2011
Financing, Early Head Start, Financing
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ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates
Kansas Early Head Start (KEHS) provides comprehensive services to approximately 1,250 children, from before birth through age three, and their families in 48 of the state’s 105 counties. More than 90 percent of the children enrolled are from families earning less than 100 percent of the federal poverty line, and in some rural areas of Kansas, KEHS is the only program serving young, at-risk children.Governor Brownback’s FY 2012 budget proposal called for eliminating all funding for KEHS, reallocating $3.1 million of it to the state’s child-care assistance program and using the rest to help fill an estimated $550 million hole in the fiscal 2012 state budget.