MIECHV Programs in Kansas

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Healthy Families America
Parents As Teachers

Raising a child can be a challenge, especially for parents who are experiencing pressures such as unemployment, illness or lack of parenting skills. Although many parents get the help they need, too many young families have nowhere to turn for support.

Healthy Families is a voluntary program that assists new parents who are overburdened by stress factors. Staff meet with the family regularly, usually once each week. This process begins during pregnancy and continues until the child is three to five years old.

Modeled after a program in Hawaii, this service has been proven successful in promoting healthy child development, parent/child interaction, preventing child abuse and neglect, and helping families link with necessary community resources. Studies show families who participate in such programs are less likely to require the intervention of social services later in a child’s life.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is designed to provide children the best possible start in life. Using a research-based curriculum, parents are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to help them make the best decisions regarding their children’s education. The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services.

Kansas PAT is dedicated to providing high quality service delivery that meets national and state standards and is a nationally recognized evidence-based program. Research shows that parent education can be an important component in supporting and developing healthy relationships between children and their parents, setting the state for strong families and children ready for success.

Kansas PAT is a valued partner with other home visiting and early childhood programs working together to promote access to high quality services for children and families in their communities. The program is available to any parent, including fathers, relatives as caregivers, and foster and adoptive parents, who has a child under the age of three and lives within a participating school district.

Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL)
Healthy Families America


Service area: Cheroke, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties
Contact: Erin Bunn
(620) 232-1031

Service area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Jamie VanCompernolle
(913) 371-2200 (x1204)

United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Public Health Department
Healthy Families America

Service area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Selia Moya
(913) 573-8863

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Parents as Teachers
USD 500
Contact: Jacki Himpel
(913) 627-4375

Turner Public Schools
Parents as Teachers
USD 202
Contact: Rebecca Stewart
(913) 288-4197

Coffeyville Public Schools
Parents as Teachers
USD 445 
Contact: Leslie Ewy
(620) 252-6485

Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
Parents as Teacher
Service area: USD 101, 404, 412, 436, 446, 447, 461, 484, 493, 499, 504, 508
Contact: Sandy Elsworth
(620) 724-6281

Teams For Infants Endangered By Substance Abuse
Early Head Start

The Teams for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse (TIES) program serves as a promising approach of the Kansas MIECHV program. TIES provides intensive, comprehensive home-based services to pregnant and postpartum women, 18 years of age and older, and their families affected by alcohol or other drugs.

TIES provides voluntary, individualized, culturally appropriate services including crisis intervention, support for substance abuse treatment, supportive counseling, child health and development, parenting education, and connection to other community services. Referrals are accepted up to six months postpartum, and families are served until the identified child is two years old.

TIES goals are substance use reduction; improved parenting; appropriate health and mental health needs for the family and child; gaining economic stability; and maintaining adequate housing.

Kansas Early Head Start (KEHS) is designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family. Services focus on quality early education, parent education, comprehensive health and mental health services, nutrition education, family support, and child care for parents who are employed or attending school or job training.

Head Start Performance Standards require specific quality standards for the provision of services. Kansas Early Head Start programs require the involvement of the parents and community representatives in policy, program design, curriculum, and management decisions.

KEHS offers children and families comprehensive services through weekly home visits and/or child care. Parents are provided the opportunity to improve their parenting skills, knowledge and understanding of the education and developmental needs of their children. KEHS offers parents opportunities for their own growth and supports them in identifying and meeting goals.

KEHS is a quality initiative that requires KEHS grantees to partner with community child care providers. Child care may also be provided in a center-based infant/toddler classroom operated by the Early Head Start grantee. KEHS programs may provide quality training to child care providers who partner with them.

Children’s Mercy Hospital 
Service area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Oneta Templeton
(816) 234-3670

University of Kansas Medical Center – Project Eagle 
Early Head Start
Service area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Rhonda Rush
(913) 281-2648

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program
Early Head Start
Service area: Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties
Contact: Shelli Walrod
(620) 232-1031