Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Week: We must invest in kids

Mothers carry hopes and dreams for their children, wanting bright futures and limitless possibilities. Our future depends on vibrant communities, and we are responsible to identify risks. We must work with community leaders to support strong families, healthy development and early learning.

As chair of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet, we’ve made successful investments. Fourteen years ago, children in Sedgwick County had few options for quality early education. With the founding of TOP Early Learning Centers by an entrepreneur and an educator, each year 650 children are now well prepared for kindergarten. Results demonstrate that graduates outperform their peers, potentially saving taxpayers $4.5 million in special-education expense.

Mothers worrying about the future should know that Gov. Sam Brownback and I have discussed three areas of focus. Kansas needs:

▪ Unified education, with government and business leaders working together.

▪ Shared measurements of success.

▪ A focus on long-term results.

For additional detail on areas of focus and action steps, go to facebook.com/Amanda-Landes-Adkins-1539971276222881.

Amanda Adkins of Overland Park is vice president of population health at Cerner Corp. She and her husband, Jason, have two children, Dylan, 11, and Madison, 10.