Advertisement

Douglas County folks with little ones: This new resource is meant for you

Share this post or save for later

A new online resource launched this week to help Lawrence and Douglas County parents, families, caregivers and early childhood professionals support kids from birth to age 5.

TYKES Douglas County (Tiny Kansans Early Supports) is a project of the Community Children’s Center, in collaboration with numerous partners. The website, tykesdc.org, aims to be a one-stop shop for education and connections to support the littlest littles.

Advertisement

The resource aims to help families with young children navigate the early years “when there is no formal infrastructure such as what is found at public elementary and secondary schools,” according to a news release.

Here’s how it works, according to the release:

Users can navigate the site by topic or by the child’s age and stage “to locate those resources that best reflect their child’s developmental level.”

In addition, “Site visitors can self-refer for support services via a form found in the website’s footer. Requests are triaged by Community Children’s Center staff through a referral platform which allows the organization to track and close the referral loop.”

Kim Polson, executive director of the Community Children’s Center, said in the release that “We want to drive that mom or dad who is surfing the internet after a late night feeding, to not only information, but also to an opportunity for human connection, right here in Douglas County. We view TYKES Douglas County’s role as an additional access point for parents and caregivers to our amazing collaborative partners.”

If the filtered search doesn’t find what you’re looking for, there are also links to dozens of other ways to get help and information in Lawrence and Douglas County.

The lengthy list of contributors who helped put the resources together includes Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas; the Lawrence Public Library; Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health; Googols of Learning Child Development Center; Hilltop Child Development Center; Positive Bright Start; Clayton Wealth Partners and All In For Kansas Kids, according to the website.

Those who are interested can also follow TYKES Douglas County on Facebook and Twitter.

If our journalism matters to you, please help us keep doing this work.

Support The Lawrence Times

Don’t miss a beat … Click here to sign up for our email newsletters

Click here to access more community resources

Latest Lawrence news:

MORE …

Previous Article

#BeMoreLikeClaire: Power of collective generosity is helping Douglas County (Column)

Next Article

Train derails north of Lawrence; no injuries reported

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]