2020 Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference

Please join us for the 2020 Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference to be held at the Marriott Wichita in Wichita, KS, March 31st – April 2, 2020.

The 2020 Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference will feature nationally-recognized keynote speakers on topics including:

Improving school and community cultures to prevent school violence and suicides
How to transform yourself and your community to live longer and healthier
Lessons learned from disaster response around the world
Strategies to ensure governmental public health is well-prepared for present and future health challenges

In addition, a wide selection of breakout sessions tailored to meet the changing needs of the populations served through public health programs and initiatives will be offered.

The Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning and MCH Home Visiting sessions will include immigration policy, domestic minor sex trafficking, behavioral health and fertility awareness-based methods of contraception. The Public Health sessions will include updates on syphilis, earthquakes in Kansas, CBD, vaping, vaccine hesitancy, drug trends and mosquitoes. The conference will include a ‘hot topics session’ featuring distracted driving, sexual violence prevention, suicide prevention and Kansas’ electronic surveillance system for notification of community based epidemics (ESSENCE).

Click here to register.

Check out the conference brochure here.

Early Learning Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Please join us for the Early Learning Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium | SW 8th and SW Van Buren | Topeka, KS 66612

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

We will begin in the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium at 10:00 am. (Please see the parking map here. The Visitor Center recommends following these instructions rather than you GPS.)

Agenda for the day:

10:00 – Welcome and Introductions

10:30 – Issue Briefs

10:50 – Prep for talking with your legislator

                My Six Word Reason/Elevator Speech/My Ask

12:00 – Luncheon with Your Legislators in the Capitol 2nd Floor North Wing

               Early childhood exhibit tables in the Capitol 2nd Floor Rotunda

1:30 – 3:00

  • Office visits with handouts & debrief visits

  • Telling My Story advocacy workshop – Auditorium

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-learning-advocacy-day-at-the-capitol-tickets-95935065363

Upcoming DAISEY Training Webinars

KS MIECHV DAISEY Training Webinar 
October 23, 2019 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
February 26, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
April 22, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This webinar will provide users an understanding of the DAISEY data entry workflow, explore resources on the DAISEY solutions website, and get a quick overview of DAISEY reports.
KS MIECHV DAISEY Training Webinar occurs several times.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/35279331706667532

This webinar will provide users an understanding of the DAISEY data entry workflow, explore resources on the daiseysolutions website, and get a quick overview of DAISEY reports. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

KS MCH DAISEY Training Webinar
October 17, 2019 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Basic Navigation Training
November 21st, 2019 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Basic Navigation Training
December 19th, 2019 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Basic Navigation Training

Grantees will need to login to DAISEY to access the link to view the webinar.



Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect

The 43rd Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is October 22-24 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel-Maner Conference Center in Topeka. This year’s conference features keynote speakers Daniel Sumrok, MD, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee (The Role of Trauma in the Chronic Illnesses of Adulthood); and Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant U.S. Attorney and child abuse survivor (Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of his Childhood Sexual Abuse).

Registration rates are:

  • $150 for one day
  • $200 for two days
  • $250 for all three days

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 4. After October 4, there is an additional charge of $25 applied. If you need to cancel, KCSL must receive written notification by October 17; $25 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. And registrations cancelled after October 17 will not be reimbursed.

Once you begin the registration process, you must complete it entirely including payment. The system cannot save incomplete or unpaid registrations. If you would like to register online but pay by check, please contact Pam Noble for instructions.

Register HERE.

For a printable list of session descriptions, please click HERE.

To register by mail, the printable form is available HEREPlease note: payment must accompany the registration.

For more information, contact Pam Noble at (316) 942-4261 x1343 or pnoble@kcsl.org.

Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612

$94/night plus tax for single or double occupancy

Rooms sell out quickly. This rate is available for a limited number of rooms until October 1. Make your room reservations as early as possible to ensure the discounted rate. After October 1, room rate increases to $96/night plus tax.

To make a hotel reservation, go to tiny.cc/GovConfHotel or call (800) 579-7937 and use group code: KCSV1.

Save the Date: Parent Leadership Conference

The annual Parent Leadership Conference will be November 15-16, 2019 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. This free event will include breakout sessions, speakers, child care and more. Limited child care available. Hotel rooms available for families who live more than 100 miles (round trip) from Topeka. Registration details will be available in September. For questions, please contact Pam Noble at pnoble@kcsl.org.

2019 Parent Leadership Conference
November 15-16
Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka

2019 MCH Home Visiting Fall Regional Trainings

2019 MCH Home Visiting Fall Regional Training

Training Dates & Locations – All training will be 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

NE – September 4th
Unified Government of Wyandotte Co. Health Dept
619 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101

NC – September 5th
Salina Area Technical College, Conference Room A131
2562 Centennial Road, Salina, KS 67401

NW – September 17th
Sheridan County EMS Building
1717 Oak Avenue, Hoxie, KS 67740

SW – September 18th
St. Catherine Hospital, Conference Room A
401 E. Spruce Street, Garden City, KS 67846

SC – September 19th
Hutchinson Community College, Parker Blue Dragon Room
1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501

SE – September 20th
1st Christian Church, Fellowship Hall
1500 S. 29th, Parsons, KS 67357

Participants will receive Breastfeeding & Safe Sleep Training

Registration is available on KS-Train Course #1086436 

All MCH Home Visitors are required to attend

WIC Staff & Supervisors are welcome to attend

Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood

Register for the Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood!

Monday, October 7th, 2019
Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Check in begins at 7:30 AM
Opening session begins at 8:30 AM

This important full-day event in Wichita, will bring together policy-makers, businesses, parents, professionals and other early childhood stakeholders to hear key findings and themes from the recent statewide needs assessment. The Symposium will feature presentations by national, state, and local leaders on emerging strategies, and multiple opportunities to work collaboratively on developing action plans to inform the statewide strategic plan for early childhood.

There is no cost to attend the Symposium, and all meals (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

Register today to reserve your spot!

New DCF Policy Connects Families with Vital Early Childhood Services; Promotes Safe Sleep

Agency Using Universal Infant Referral Policy Across Kansas

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is implementing a new policy designed to take a proactive approach to connecting Kansas families with important parent skill building programs. The Universal Infant Referral policy mandates child protection workers, when working with a family that has an infant under the age of one, refer the family to community-based infant-toddler and home visitor programs.

“We want to meet a family’s needs before crisis sets in,” Department for Children and Families Secretary Laura Howard said. “Providing families with services and supports early may help prevent future maltreatment.”

The new policy took effect July 1 and is already connecting families with programs like Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families America.

“We are already seeing positive outcomes from this new initiative,” Crawford County Healthy Families supervisor Lindsay Restivo said. “Recently we have been able to connect 16-year-old parents with much needed support services and education in Crawford County. During weekly home visits with our family support specialist, the parents will learn more about positive parent-child interaction, safe sleep and other important health information like the dangers of sudden infant death syndrome.”

The new policy also requires the child protection worker to assess the infant’s sleep environment using guidance from Safe Sleep Kansas. The worker provides the family information and resources to help support a safe sleep environment for the infant.

“It is important to me that Kansas families know that these services are available to them,” Howard said. “We know these programs can help children and families thrive and we are excited to facilitate these connections.”

For additional information on infant-toddler resources visit: http://ksqualitynetwork.org/resources/child-development/.

Information on safe sleep is available at: http://www.safesleepkansas.org/

Early Childhood Systems Building in Kansas

Kansas received a federal planning grant to facilitate a collaborative effort to shape our state’s future direction for early childhood. This one-year planning grant authorized by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act will support:

  • The development of a comprehensive needs assessment & strategic plan for early childhood in Kansas
  • Activities to maximize parental choice and knowledge of early care and education options
  • The sharing of best practices among early childhood providers
  • Improvement of the overall quality of early childhood services

There are many ways you can getting involved, including:

Community Sensemaking Workshops
These sessions will help Kansas create a strategic plan for early childhood. Haga clic aquí para ver la página en Español.

Kansas Early Childhood Systems-Building Webinars
Webinars occur every other Wednesday at 12PM to inform and connect early childhood stakeholders across the state to this effort.  Participants are asked to register in advance (name and email) to ensure appropriate follow-up and that we are engaging voices from all across Kansas.

Share Your Experiences Through SenseMaker
By sharing stories of the challenges and bright spots families experience with a tool called SenseMaker, you help contribute to a richer understanding of what family resilience looks like in our state.


To learn more, visit Early Childhood Initiatives in Kansas 2019.