Kansas allocates $636,000 to boost internet services to young children

    Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund, said more than $630,000 in federal COVID-19 funding will be used to improve internet service to families with young children in more than 80 counties. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)
    Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund, said more than $630,000 in federal COVID-19 funding will be used to improve internet service to families with young children in more than 80 counties. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund is allocating $636,000 to improve internet connectivity for families with young children in more than 80 counties in the state.

    Expenditure of the federal CARES Act funding was endorsed by Gov. Laura Kelly’s task force and legislators on the State Finance Council, which are involved in determining use of COVID-19 disaster aid.

    “We’re very pleased that our first round of selections will increase internet access for families all across Kansas,” said Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Children’s Cabinet.

    A total of $1.5 million was made available to Technology for Families Grant Program. In this round, funding was distributed to 40 organizations that identified 1,700 families with internet technology challenges.

    Kelly said the initial round of grants would go to Kansans living in 86 of the state’s 105 counties.

    “We know that digital infrastructure is a critical need for families not only during a pandemic to access online education and telehealth services, but also for the long-term economic opportunities that technology provides,” she said.

     

     

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    Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.