Early childhood assessment to be unveiled at State Board of Education meeting

A statewide assessment of early childhood needs in Kansas will be presented to the State Board of Education on Tuesday.

State officials have concluded the information-gathering phase in the development of a plan to improve a wide range of services, including healthcare, child care and pre-school.

More than 6,000 Kansans have engaged in the process through more than 50 public meetings, focus groups and online testimony.

Officials from various state agencies will share information on their findings and how to implement strategies that will ensure young Kansans are prepared emotionally and academically when they start kindergarten.

The presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday. State Board meetings are streamed live online. Here is a link to watch and listen to the meeting.

In other business, the State Board:

— Will receive an update from the E-Cigarette/Vaping Task Force on efforts to curb youth use of e-cigarettes;

— Receive information on recommendations by the State Mental Health Advisory Council on work to empower youth and prevent suicide;

— Hear about a program in Wichita that helps students prepare for the workplace.

Here is a link to the State Board’s agenda and background materials.

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