Community Action Labs
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.
start with small ripples.
can take action and make a difference.
Stories and families' experiences
There are many pathways
to our shared destination.
Think of first steps
where you are
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.
Be the change you want to see!
2019 awarded Actionables
Community Action Lab phases for 2019 and early 2020
- October 18, 2019 Community Action Lab applications due
- November 6, 2019 Actionables partners announced
- November – December 2019 Funding disbursed to partners
- December 2019 – February 2020 Actionables implementation completed
Be sure to check our site periodically for photos, blog posts, and updates about Actionables in your area!
Colby, Committee for Soaring Back to School
Megan Tate, Julie Ross, Lori Morris
Soaring Back to School
Colby, LiveWell Northwest Kansas
Colby, LiveWell Northwest Kansas
Making Families Stronger
Addressing Trauma in Rawlins County
Increasing Latin X Businesses
Colby, USD 315
Second Step Early Learning
Goodland, LiveWell Northwest Kansas
Spanish-Speaking Community in Goodland
Goodland, Goodland Public Library
Marcy Melia, Karen Gillihan
Hays, USD 489 Early Childhood Connections
Hays: Taking Care of our Own
Hays, Hays Area Children’s Center-Early Intervention Program
Engaging Environments for Families of Young Children Birth-5
Hill City, USD 281/Graham County Early Childhood Center
Conscious Discipline Course
Cimarron, USD 102 ELC Head Start and Migrant Preschool Programs
KS Early Learning Systems/Our Tomorrows/ Community Action
Preschool Weekend Food Bags
Garden City, Kansas Children’s Service League
PlayTherapy Play Group
Garden City, Russell Child Development Center
Telemed and Special Clinic
Southwest Kansas, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Speak My Language: Translations of Breastfeeding Education Materials
Abilene, Parents as Teachers
Family and Community Event(s)
Gypsum, USD 306
Community Needs Assessment
Salina, Salina Family YMCA
Marti Higdon and Michelle Williams
Youth Safety Initiative
Arkansas City, Cowley College
Cowley CARES for Kids
Stafford, Parents as Teachers Stafford USD 349
Making Meals With Your Children is Healthy and Fun!
Stephanie Boone & Kayla Cary
Operation Blessing Box
Virtual Parent Engagement
Wichita, Greater Wichita YMCA
Wichita, Maize USD266 Early Childhood Center
Fine Motor Kits
Kansas Deaf-Blind Project (Kansas State School for the Blind)
Resource Packets to Medical Providers for Families (Low Incidence Disabilities)
Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Breastfeeding in ECE Curriculum
Family Nurture Tents at Local Events
Harveyville, Harveyville Seed Co., Inc.
Hillsdale, USD 368 Parents as Teachers Advisory Council
Horton, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Waathiithii: Community Nests
Lawrence, Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County
Next Steps for Douglas County
Lawrence, Lawrence Public Library
Awareness and Access at Your Library
Oskaloosa, Oskaloosa Public Library
Social Skills Kits for Preschool Families
Overland Park, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (ITSJC)
Monica L. Ross
Raising Healthy, Happy Children- Parent Incentives
Ozawakie, Keystone Learning Services Parents as Teachers
Did You Know? Magnets
Paola, Morning Out for Mothers (MOMs)
Janis F. Grandon
Local Programs for Young Children
Chanute, Chanute Public Library
Chanute Public Library Literacy for All
Coffeyville, Be The Change- Kansas
Be The Change- Kansas
Coffeyville, Dr. Cline’s Sunflower Book Club
Whitney Cline, Do
Dr. Cline’s Sunflower Book Club
Fredonia, My Family – Four County Mental Health Center
Girard, SEK Birth to Three (Tiny-K)
Let’s Try It!
Lebo, Coffey County Library – Lebo Branch
Collaborative Sitting/Technology Area
Neodesha, USD 461 Early Childhood Team
Tiny Tots Open Gym
Pittsburg, Family Resource Center
Get the Info Out!
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.