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Resources for Early Childhood Education

Child Care Aware of Kansas serves as a network of Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) Agencies serving all 105 counties of Kansas. Sixteen member agencies comprise Child Care Aware of Kansas and provide the R&R services to the counties in their service delivery areas. The local R&R for Butler County, Child Start, based out of Wichita.

The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KAEYC) is the state affiliate for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is the leading statewide professional organization in the Kansas early childhood field.
KAEYC's goals are to:

  • Improve professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education
  • Build public understanding and support through public initiatives and public awareness
  • Build and maintain a strong, diverse, and inclusive organization.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations. NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC members include teachers, para-educators, center directors, trainers, college educators, families of young children, and the public at large. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.

Smart Start of Butler County coordinates and facilitates the Butler County Child and Family Development Task Force which serves as the Interagency Coordinating Council for Butler County. It includes community partners serving families and children of the county. Smart Start helps fund infant care and special needs care, start-up grants for licensed home day cares, support for area providers, BCC early childhood scholarships, KQRIS, parenting education, and the website, www.butlerkids.org, with services available for children and their families, and area providers.