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.
Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL)
Healthy Families America
Service area: Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties
Contact: Erin Bunn
Service Area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Jamie VanCompernolle
(913) 371-2220 (x1204)
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Public Health Department
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 stage 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 City Kansas Public Schools
Turner Public Schools
Parents as Teachers
Contact: Rebecca Stewart
Coffeyville Public Schools
Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
Children’s Mercy Hospital Service area:
Contact: Oneta Templeton
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 educational 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.