Community Action Labs

We asked Kansas families from every corner of the state to tell us their stories of thriving or simply surviving.

Over 2,200 raised their voices, and now we each have an opportunity to use the words and stories of our fellow Kansans to power local change. What can you create today to help ensure each Kansas child in your community has the best possible start in life?

Community Action Labs are an opportunity to act on the patterns and themes uncovered by the experiences shared through the Kansas Early Childhood Systems Building effort and the Our Tomorrows SenseMaker® tool. Community Action Labs will look different in each community and region based on collaboration with local partners.

Guiding Principles

Big Ideas

start with small ripples.


can take action and make a difference.

Stories and families' experiences

fuel action.


 know best.

There are many pathways

to our shared destination.

Actionables are…


Think of first steps


Take action
where you are


Support is available
up to $2,000

The way Actionables look in your community is up to you! Community Action Labs are a safe space to try any off-the-wall ideas you’ve been wanting to try. There are no bad ideas, just ones that might not work. We won’t know until we try.

We are looking for at least 20 ideas for Actionables by October 18th, 2019.

Be the change you want to see!

Apply for up to $2,000 to support an Actionable

Follow these steps:


the Community Action Lab application.

Fill it out

What do you want to do?
Why do you want to do it?
Who do you want to do it?

Email your completed application

to with the subject line: “Actionable Application – (Your Full Name OR Organization)”.


The Our Tomorrows team will follow-up with you within five business days.

Schedule a call

to discuss your idea and logistics for your funding.

Ask about your region’s data

You may request specific Our Tomorrows data from your community to help your brainstorming process. Data requests can include Sensemaking Guides, Community Sensemaking Workshop notes, story packs, or snapshots from the SAVVY Data Dashboard.

Funds for this project are provided through the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five 90TP0016-01-00 ($4,482,305) was awarded to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Click here to view the state’s grant application materials. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are leading this work with KSDE. This information or content and conclusions should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HHS, ACF, or the U.S. Government. Any food or refreshments are not paid for by federal funds.