Kansas offers several programs free of charge to support families and children from pregnancy until a child enters kindergarten. All programs are free, but some have eligibility criteria. Learn more about the programs below.
Early head start
Early Head Start offers support for pregnant women and families with children ages 3 or younger through home visits and socialization experiences. Eligibility is based on level of income and children with special needs. Participants meet with their home visitors on a weekly basis, and also attend meetings with other parents and children.
healthy families america
Healthy Families America assists new parents who are overburdened by stress. The program starts during pregnancy or after the baby arrives, and continues until the child is three to five years old. Home visits, usually once a week, and parent support groups teach families about child development and healthy parent-child relationships.
Through 36 local tiny-k programs, Kansas Infant-Toddler Services (KSITS), Part C of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a statewide program designed to enhance parent’s ability to support their children ages 0 through 2 years of age that experience disabilities or developmental delays.
MCH Home Visiting
MCH Home Visiting is available for pregnant women and families with infants up to 1 year.
The MCH Home Visiting program concentrates on the inherent strengths of individuals, families, groups, and organizations and includes an initial assessment, a prenatal visit, and a postpartum home visit.
The Nurse-Family Partnership program offers support to low-income, first time mothers from pregnancy until their baby is 2 years old. Trained nurses visit mothers at home to answer questions about pregnancy and parenting, help mothers to have a healthy pregnancy, and teach mothers about child development. Currently available only in Johnson County and Shawnee County.
PARENTS AS TEACHERS
Parents as Teachers offers support for parents and families expecting a child or with children under age 3 (some programs continue up to kindergarten). Home visits, group meetings, and developmental screenings help parents learn about child development and provide families with resources to keep their children healthy and engaged in learning.
TEAMS FOR INFANTS EXPOSED TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE (TIES)
Teams for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse (TIES) provides home-based services to pregnant and postpartum women, 18 years of age and older, and their families affected by alcohol or other drugs until the child is two years old. Currently available only in Wyandotte County.