Tell Kansas Your Story!
Have you or someone you know struggled with access to quality services and child care in recent months?
Have you found it difficult to afford the child care you need?
Have you had to make difficult decisions due to child care challenges or transitions?
Do you want your experiences to help spark action and inform policy in Kansas?
The State of Kansas wants to hear about your needs, experiences and struggles during this stressful time. Please take five minutes to add your story to the statewide story bank.
State leaders need to know what is happening on the front lines to inform their decisions and respond most effectively. YOUR STORIES CAN HELP! Share what you've experienced or observed so that all Kansan families have access to affordable, available, high-quality child care and education.
More About Our Tomorrows
The Our Tomorrows Statewide Story Bank provides a real-time look at how families are doing, so state and local leaders know what works and what doesn't for families. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, partners – all of us have families, and we all have something important to share about our lives and interactions.
We know much to be learned from all kinds of stories and outcomes. Our collective voices will continue to impact change at all levels. Through OUR TOMORROWS, Kansans can share and reflect by sharing unique and essential perspectives.
Using a story-based research tool called SenseMaker™, we will examine the patterns and stories in-depth, allowing us to gain a new understanding of what families need to thrive. Reports are anonymous but may not be confidential. We value your anonymity and have created guidance to protect your identity. All secondary identifying data is redacted from stories before they are used.
While a single piece of information may not identify an individual, we recognize that a combination of information might. Please know that these stories are used in several formats to support the Early Childhood Systems Building Effort in Kansas. If you are particularly worried, you can choose not to consent to share your story on the final page of the survey.
Here's a sample story to give you an idea of how easy it is to share!
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
"I finally feel comfortable enough to re-enter the workforce after leaving my last job early during COVID to have my son. Now I'm ready to go back (and I need to go back for financial reasons). I've been offered a job that starts next week but cannot find any child care in my area. I'm going to have to turn down this job."
Do you have more questions about submitting a story? Click here to see the answers to some frequently asked questions.