Kansas Action for Children

An annual report on child well-being in Kansas shows some positive trends, but they’re overshadowed by persistent problems.

Among the improvements cited in the 2015 Kansas Kids Count report: There are fewer uninsured children in Kansas.

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Kansas improved its ranking in child health but dropped in child poverty in the latest data released by a national nonprofit that advocates for children.

The state retained its No. 15 overall ranking from the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2015 Kids Count survey published Tuesday.

The combination of bored kids with lots of free time in the summer can be a challenge for parents, especially those living in the urban core where resources are stretched and choices are often limited. On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Danie Alexander discusses summer programs for inner city youth in Kansas City.


Alyson Raletz, KCUR

In anticipation of Father's Day, Central Standard visited with a stay-at-home dad to hear about the unique trials and triumphs of full-time fathers. We also heard about a group of stay-at-home dads who get out and about in the city together, forming a tight-knit community for raising kids and having adventures, including a monthly storytime at the library.

Harper Collins

Parenting books often help new mothers and fathers to understand how they shape their children, but they rarely talk about how children shape their parents. 

William Joyce has captivated young audiences and their parents with his whimsical and imaginative characters in film, TV, and in books.  The creator of Rolie Polie Olie and The Guardians of Childhood has a new book and film, The Numberlys.  Joyce talks with Steve Kraske about what inspires the characters he creates.


ABC and 123: They’re the basics of early childhood education, but the way kids learn these is up for debate.

Kids take medicine for all kinds of chronic conditions these days, like constipation and acid reflux, but are medicines really necessary?

Rainy Day Books

Do you remember getting teased by other kids, running from cooties and hoping for snow days? The memories and the ink are still fresh in the latest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  

Drum Safari

Jul 17, 2012

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, meet the guy in crazy patchwork pants teaching kids about world instruments. Join us for a drum safari with our guest Brandon Draper.