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TYKES; One Stop for Information and Services

There is an absence of infrastructure for serving families with preschool age children in Douglas County, making it difficult to track down information and services. This is the problem that Kim Polson, Executive Director of the Community Children’s Center and numerous collaborators set out to address. Their efforts produced TYKES (Tiny Kansans Early Support), a new web site intended to be a one stop source for information and resources for preschoolers. The site can be searched by topic or age and a variety of support services may be accessed. Polson observed that infants and toddlers are a critical group, and presently only about one out of ten children in this population are adequately served. It is hoped that TYKES can serve as a development model for other communities.