School board members, education advocates urged to attend early childhood meetings

School board members and other education advocates are urged to attend early childhood local meetings this week in Hays, Medicine Lodge, Liberal and Dodge City.

The one-hour meetings are designed to gather public input on early childhood services and needs in Kansas. Advocates want to put together a statewide strategic plan to enhance access to children and family services.

The one-hour meetings will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union in Hays and 5:30 p.m. at The Peoples Bank in Medicine Lodge; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Liberal at MacArthur Elementary School; and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dodge City Library.

The early childhood planning push is funded through a federal grant authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act and conducted by several state agencies, including the Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, Kansas Department for Children and Families and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For more information, go here.

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