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Newsroom Childcare Programs Across State Earn Founders’ Link Award for Leadership in Developing the Kansas Quality Recognition Improvement System

The Department for Children and Families awarded 37 childcare facilities the Founders’ Link for their work helping to develop Kansas’ childcare quality recognition and improvement system, called Links to Quality.

Programs participated in a two-year pilot of Links to Quality which aims to support early care and education professionals in recognizing and building on the strengths of their program to provide higher quality care. During the two-year pilot, these programs worked on three “Links” -- Program Leadership, Family Partnerships, and Learning & Development -- to demonstrate their commitment to quality and to help inform the development of the system. Pilot participants had access to peer support, technical assistance, and other incentives to help them improve the quality of their care.

As they worked through each Link, pilot participants provided DCF staff with feedback about processes, content, and overall experience of the program. Their feedback will benefit all future participants and contribute to strengthening the early childhood profession across the state.

“The Founders’ Link recipients have really shaped the program to make it work for all programs across the state,” said DCF Secretary Laura Howard. “This successful pilot would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication. Children and families in Kansas will benefit from their work for years to come.”

The 37 programs earning their Founders’ Link are:

Learning Community A – Labette, Crawford, Cherokee. Montgomery, and Neosho counties
Pittsburg Community Child Care Learning Center, Inc. – Pittsburg 
Kiddie Garden Daycare – West Mineral
Butterfly Funhouse Child Care – Mound Valley 
Toddler Time Daycare – Frontenac
The Treehouse of Early Learning – Independence 
Country Kids Daycare – Girard
Kidzville Daycare – Chanute
Good Shepherd Child Care Center – Columbus

Learning Community B – Shawnee and Wyandotte Counties
Little Tots Montessori – Kansas City 
Patterson Family Child Care, LLC. – Topeka 
Good Beginnings Family Child Care – Topeka
Good Beginnings Day Care Home – Bonner Springs 
Lakeside Daycare – Topeka
ABCs and 123s at Pammys Playschool Day Care Home – Auburn 
Little Angels Day Care Center – Kansas City

Learning Community C – Lyon, Geary, Osage, and Saline Counties
Emporia Child Care Center I – Emporia
Loving Arms Daycare Center, Inc. – Junction City 
Kid Central – Emporia
Thill Express Child Day Care Home – Lyndon 
Tiny Toes Child Care – Salina
Eagle Wings – Salina
Judy Ann Lawson Daycare – Salina

Learning Community D – Sedgwick County 
Small Wonders Daycare – Wichita 
Adventure Planet – Wichita
Adventure Planet 1 – Wichita 
Scribbles and Giggles Derby – Derby
Wichita State University Child Development Center – Wichita 
Keya’s Kare – Wichita
Tammy’s Little Angels – Wichita 
Happy Day Academy – Maize
Little Adventures Day Care Home – Wichita

Learning Community E – Ford, Finney, Grant Counties 
Little Learners Preschool Center – Dodge City 
Community Daycare Center #2 – Garden City 
Tami’s Daycare - Holcomb
Adams Family Daycare – Garden City 
Bella’s Playhouse Daycare – Ulysses 
Little Sunshine Daycare - Ulysses