Understanding & Responding to Poverty among Children and Their Families in Johnson County

Poverty will be the focus of an upcoming community engagement and issues forum at the Johnson County Library.
Understanding & Responding to Poverty among Children and Their Families in Johnson County is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park.
The rate of poverty in Johnson County doubled between 2000 and 2009, which for a family of three means an annual income of less than $19,000. In the wealthiest county in our state, nearly 38,000 people live in poverty, and almost two and a half times as many struggle daily to make ends meet — to pay for housing, food, transportation, utilities and medical care.
A panel of local experts representing early education for at-risk children, state assistance programs, policy advocacy and reform, and public education will speak on the panel. They are Karen Wulfkuhle, executive director of United Community Services of Johnson County; Terrie Van Zandt Travis, executive director of Head Start of Shawnee Mission; Lori Alvarado, KC Metro Regional director for Kansas SRS; Pat All, forme superintendent for Olathe School District; and Shannon Cotsoradis, executive director of Kansas Action for Children.
Attendees should register online at jocolibrary.org/poverty, or call (913) 826-4600 for more information.

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