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The Kansas Enrichment Network is dedicated to ensuring that all Kansas children and youth have access to safe, affordable and high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Out-of-school programs offer an opportunity to engage youth and help them learn, grow, and prepare for the future.

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Chavis Lickvar-Armstrong
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October 23rd marked the official date for Lights On Afterschool, a national day of recognition, advocacy and celebration for afterschool programming.  This year’s celebration was particularly exciting here in Kansas because we saw a 56% increase in the number of Lights On events hosted in the state! 

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Chavis Lickvar-Armstrong
Friday, August 8, 2014

The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas was one of 30 recipients of a competitive grant open to AZA accredited zoos across the nation.  The Disney Worldwide Conservation fund made $200,000 available to the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) for distribution through this grant.  Awarded zoos and aquariums will use these funds to establish or strengthen existing opportunities for families to engage with nature in a less structured and playful way.  Disney, C&NN and the AZA have committed to, “building lifelong conservation values in our nation’s youth through connecting children and families to nature.”  C&NN’s Family Nature Club movement encourages families to participate in natural free play.   The network’s passion for free play in an outdoor setting stems from research that shows these experiences to be fundamental in connecting youth to the natural world.  In addition to funding, the C&NN will provide grantees with logistical and creative support and partnerships with existing Family Nature Clubs.  

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