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A United Way Community Partner
155 N. Oakdale Ave.
Suite 200
Salina, KS 67401
Telephone: (785) 825-4493
Fax: (785) 825-4736
Child Advocacy & Parenting Services
Improving the quality of children's lives
and strengthening families through education, advocacy, and family support.
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All CAPS services are free of charge. CAPS receives program funding from the Salina Area United Way, local service organizations, churches,
memberships, foundations, corporate grants and the annual Celebrity Benefit Auction. Local donations providing solutions to local problems!
Saline County School Readiness Project
The Saline County School Readiness Project uses funding from the Kansas Children’s
Cabinet, local sales tax dollars and the Salina Regional Health Foundation to:

  • Provide college scholarships to child care providers that want to enroll in early
    childhood education college classes through the TEACH program.

  • Decrease the turnover rate in the child care field by supplementing the wages of child
    care providers by about $2.00 per hour through the WAGE$ program.

  • Help child care centers become nationally accredited.

  • Pay for a Mental Health Consultant to work with children, parents, and child care
    providers to reduce difficult behaviors in the classrooms.

  • Assist parents of special needs children in accessing quality early care.
More than one-third of our nation’s children arrive at school without the social and
cognitive skills they need to fully learn and participate – they are not ready to learn.  These
deficiencies can have long term effects on children’s success in school
and later in life.
Why Early Childhood Matters
By age 3, a child’s brain has reached about 90% of it’s full development. As a result,
children’s earliest experiences have a profound impact on the way their brains organize and
develop, and can affect their ability to learn and succeed in school and later in life.

Children who have secure and loving relationships with parents and caregivers, along with
nurturing developmental experiences, are more likely to do better in school and later
contribute to society.

Improving early care and education
so all Saline County children enter school ready-to-learn!
CDA Credential
Child Development Associate
Child care center staff and home
providers can earn a CDA credential.
Click here for more information!
Teacher Education
& Compensation Helps
Scholarship program that covers 80%
of tuition & books for child care
providers wanting to earn an
Associate's degree in Early Childhood.
Professional Development Incentive &
Educational Supplement Program
These are two programs aimed at
rewarding providers who have
increased knowledge in the early
childhood field. Providers can only
participate in one of these programs.
Special Needs Subsidy
Saline county licensed family child care
providers or child care centers are
eligible for this subsidy if they are willing
to care for children with special needs.
Parent Coaching Sessions
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