Families Together, Inc.
Lesli Girard
501 Jackson, Suite 400
Topeka, KS  66603
(785) 233-4777

Families Together, Inc., is a statewide non-profit organization that has an established statewide network with eight designated regions making individual parent assistance available, as well as providing support through parent-to-parent programs. This agency provides numerous mini-conferences and workshops throughout Kansas on a yearly basis that focus on special education law, IEP development, inclusion, transition, Section 504, and early childhood.


Kansas National Education Association (KNEA)
Peg Dunlap
715 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
(785) 232-8271

An affiliate of the NEA with a presence in every school district throughout Kansas, KNEA has as its mission "to empower its members to promote quality public schools and strengthen the teaching profession." The KNEA believes that the best way to close the achievement gap is to offer more intensive training on how to work more effectively with families, and to involve families in the learning process.


Kansas Parents as Teachers Association (KPATA)
Nancy Keel
15020 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS  66223
(913) 780-7002

The Kansas Parents As Teachers Association supports, through professional development, the goals of Parents As Teachers (PAT), an early literacy, school-readiness parent education program providing services for pre-natal parents and parents with children up to age three in 228 school districts across Kansas.


Kansas Parent Teachers Association (KS PTA)
Jackie Waters
715 S.W. 10th Avenue, Suite 215
Topeka, KS  66612
(785) 234-5782

The Kansas PTA is chartered under the National PTA and shares the same purposes; it is a volunteer organization seeking to unite home, school, and community in promoting the education, health and safety of children, youth and families.


Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA)
Mary Baskett, Executive Director
925 Vermont
Lawrence, KS  66044
(785) 856-3132
(785) 842-2087 fax

The Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) is dedicated to strengthening early learning programs through advocacy, education and leadership. Founded in 1997, KHSA represents all 28 Head Start programs in Kansas, creating a unified voice and point of contact for partners and policymakers.


Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA)
Sandee Crowther, Ed.D.
110 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, KS  66044
Blake West
715 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
(785) 232-8271

KLFA’s mission is “Making Kansas first in the nation in teaching and learning.” Given the high national ranking Kansas has on such indicators as the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), college entrance tests, post-secondary education levels and the adult literacy rate, we believe this is an ambitious but attainable goal.

Achieving such a goal requires not only the commitment of the alliance partners and the constituencies, but also the support of the people of Kansas and the political, business, labor and civic leaders of the state.


Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)
Chris Bradley/Melanie Manares
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612           
(785) 296-4964

KSDE promotes the mission of the Kansas State Board of Education through leadership and support for student learning in Kansas. The Board is charged with the general supervision of public education and other educational interests in the state. While clearly acknowledging the role and importance of local control, the Board has the responsibility to provide direction and leadership for the supervision of all state educational institutions under its jurisdiction.