Children First: CEO Kansas Inc. (EIN 48-1235279) is a 501(c)(3) social service non-profit organization in Wichita, Kansas, with a mission to support students to feel safe and empowered, so they can learn and thrive, by staying in school and achieving in life.
Children First serves students and their families through schools in four low-income neighborhoods by actively engaging with families, other non-profit organizations, and the wider community to achieve student success.
Children First empowers student health and success through social work support (Brighter Futures) and experiential learning opportunities through STEM career learning and sustainable education gardens (STEM Plus is Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Arts + Entrepreneurship).
The Overall program goals are that the social workers will increase student success in school and life by providing them with support and tools to be successful by increasing their coping skills and mental health. In addition, the social workers shall provide leadership in developing a positive school climate and work collaboratively with students, school administration/personnel, family members, and community professionals as appropriate to increase accessibility and effectiveness of services.
Children First partnerships with the two churches and their faith-based schools, Children First manages the education gardens providing staff and volunteers who work with the students (pre-K through Middle School), families, and neighborhood to learn about growing healthy food.
STEM + (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Arts + Entrepreneurship) program provides
(1) STEM activities and career days during and after school to Title I funded schools to increase student’s knowledge about higher paying careers, and
(2) education gardens with student-led farm stands to teach entrepreneurship skills, as well as the healthy benefits of growing fresh food.