First 1,000 Days Kansas

Increasing access to care for Kansas families

35,000 babies will be born in Kansas each year and their families and caregivers will work to give them the best life possible. The first 1,000 days of a baby’s life, from pregnancy to their second birthday, set the stage for everything to follow.

First 1,000 Days Kansas is modeled after the award-winning 1,000 Days program and endeavors to create social and political systems so all babies have a chance to thrive.

By making sure all Kansas families have access to support—including mental and physical health services, high-quality child care, paid leave, financial security, and support networks, regardless of their skin color, gender, or life experiences—we can strengthen our communities and live up to our promise as a state.

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Our Goal

First 1,000 Days KS works to create and improve our current social structures. Our mission is to ensure equitable access to what Kansas families need to thrive during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. We focus on:

Our 2023 Policy Agenda

Issues of racial, ethnic, and LGBTQIA+ equity.

Workplace policies and employment law

Accessible healthcare coverage and services

Child care regulations


Frequently Asked Questions

Are KBC and First 1,000 Days the same program?

The First 1,000 Days Kansas is an initiative of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. It is the KBC’s policy and advocacy program.

What does First 1,000 Days KS do?

We advocate for policy change to increase equitable access to care for Kansas families.

How do I get involved?

Join us for one of our policy round tables. These happen virtually on the first Friday of every other month.

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