Two SEK-CAP Head Start Centers have each been awarded a $5,000 grant to improve their outdoor play spaces. The Parsons and Galena centers received this funding through the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play, who distributed 372 of these grants nationwide in an effort to increase physical activity, outdoor play, and healthy eating among Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff. The playground improvements will include the addition of shade trees and perennials to enhance children’s sensory experiences and shade opportunities, climbing hills to boost children’s gross motor development, and a variety of playground equipment designed to engage children in unstructured play activity where they develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.
“The Kansas Association of Community Action Programs recently released an updated Kansas Report on Poverty. This report is valuable in educating all people on the plight of the more than 25% of our Kansas population currently living at or below 125% of the FPL. Every person should be an advocate for the over 160,000 Kansans living in extreme poverty. Everyone should be aware that this epidemic of poverty infects every segment of Kansas life.
Kansas ranked last in the nation making progress in insuring children. Kansas' rate of uninsured children in 2010 was 8.2%, up from 7.4% in 2008 according to the study conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families.
To view the Kansas Report on Poverty, please visit the KACAP webpage: http://www.kacap.org/ProgramsandResources/ProgramsandResources/2012KansasPovertyReport.aspx