TOPEKA - Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore met with Topeka-area families Tuesday night, to discuss the Kansas Early Head Start Strong Dads program. The family-night event was held at the Head Start Building, 2410 SE Highland St., Topeka.
Strong Dads is a Kansas Early Head Start program for families with children from birth to the age of three. The purpose of the program is to engage fathers and father figures in their children’s live through playing, reading, talking and caring.
“We believe strong fathers play an essential role in their children’s development.” Secretary Gilmore said. “They serve as role models who can help ensure their children grow up happy and productive.”
The family night event was held to collect information about the area’s Early Head Start Families, so that DCF staff can learn how to better serve them and introduce the Strong Dads Program that is set to begin in April.
Kansas Early Head Start serves more than 1,000 families. It’s available through the following:
Bright Beginnings, Dodge City
Child Start, Wichita
Clay County Child Care Center, Concordia
Community Action, Topeka
East Central Kansas Community Action, Emporia
Futures, Unlimited, Wellington
Hays Head Start, Hays
Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Overland Park
Heartland Programs, Salina
Kansas Children Service League, Garden City
North East Kansas Community Action, Holton
North West Kansas Education Service Center, Colby
Project Eagle Early Head Start, Kansas City
South East Kansas Community Action, Coffeyville