The local artists of Ampersand Design Studio have come together with Tia Curtis Quilts to create this iconic RaisingKC Quilt depicting the moments and people who help create our Safe, Stable and Nurturing community. 

We are RaisingKC!

WE ARE INSPIRED BY THIS CALL TO ACTION to begin this groundbreaking, historic public health campaign focused on the #1 way to prevent toxic stress in children: a safe, stable, nurturing relationship between an adult and a child.

Why is that important? Because toxic stress is a root cause of so many urgent mental, behavioral and medical health crises of our time—a root cause of violence, bullying, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, suicide, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.

It’s all here: resources, tools, podcasts, advice, research, organizations…even scoops of ice cream!

Because our future starts with RaisingKC.

We're here to help you build safe, stable and nurturing relationships between you and a child with joyful, everyday advice and new community programs. Let's start now!

150 Leaders Unite

Our heartfelt thanks to Johnson County Community College for kicking off our bi-state campaign. Local leaders in mental, physical and behavioral health, media, business, research, government, the arts, education and social services have answered the call to action.

Culver's Free Scoops

Share some Summer Fun! Thanks to Culver’s, you can get two free scoops, when you and a child show your Summer Scoops Bookmark. Get yours while supplies last at one of 71 public libraries!  

Quilt Raisings Coming

Memories were made at our 25′ X 20′ RaisingKC Quilt exhibit at Union Station! Visitors thanked everyone who helps them raise KC at our hand-crafted interactive exhibit. Where will the Quilt go next?

What are Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships?

And how do they save lives?

It all begins with children’s brain development, which is most rapid in the ages of one to three.  So how do early childhood experiences influence or actually alter that brain development?

Why RaisingKC?

“The #1 way to reduce the risk of lifelong mental, physical and behavioral health problems– bullying, depression, anxiety, abuse, drug addiction, obesity, heart disease, suicide, cancer, and more– is a safe, stable, nurturing relationship between an adult and a child.”

— The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Connect with a child

What do child healthcare leaders in our community do every day to connect with kids? We asked them, and they shared their ideas here that will make you smile. Click on each Connection below to read them and hear their podcast interviews. Learn how to make healthy connections with children, the kind that can prevent medical, behavior and learning problems for a lifetime.

Use Behavior Checker®

This evidence-based, online tool helps you respond in healthy ways to more than 150 children’s common, every-day behavior challenges of toddlers to teens. Each response helps you build a safe, stable, nurturing relationship.

Search all behaviors to get simple, trusted teaching strategies that lower everyone's stress. Growing up has its ups and downs—every child and parent will experience frustration, fear, disappointment, anger and worry.

Who's helping all of us raise KC?

Below you’ll find organizations with services to lower your stress and build safe, stable, nurturing relationships between adults and children.  Click on those that meet your needs to learn more. Or click on the blue bar to do a search of services, location and contact information.

AdventHealth ParentCare supports the mission of RaisingKC! We recognizes that every adult caregiver and every child is unique. With ParentCare, families receive personalized Coaching, Advice, Resources and Education. This makes raising children a less stressful and more joyful journey that's mentally, physically and emotionally more rewarding Location: Merriam, Overland Park
Services: Behavior Checker®, Behavioral and Mental Health, Childbirth and Parent Education Programs, Fitness and Wellness Classes, Lactation Consulting and Warm Line, Maternity Navigators, Parent Coaching, Pediatric Primary Care, Perinatal Bereavement Support, Postpartum Emotional Support, Resources and Referrals, Special Needs Education and Therapies through Britain Development, Support Groups, Women's Health
Location: Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Miami County
Services: Behavior, Communication, Home Improvement, Home visits, Maternal Mental Health Support, Parent and Family Education, Parent Empowerment Programs, Therapy Referrals, Youth development programs
Location: Kansas City
Services: College and Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Social Justice and the Law
Location: Clay County, Platte County, Ray County
Services: Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling families with young children, Crisis Line, Domestic Violence Assistance, Educational resources, Family Communication, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Resilience Training, School Based Services, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teen Support Programs, Therapy
Location: Kansas City
Services: Youth Mentoring Organization
Location: Jackson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior Checker®, Diabetic Management Programs, Faith in Wellness Programs, Family Health Programs, Infant Mortality Prevention, Parent Empowerment Programs, Wellness Classes
We are excited to be part of Raising KC because it is exactly what we do! Our home visitors are on the floors of families all around the community providing education and resource to help parents "Raise KC". We provide screenings around development and social emotional development, health, hearing and vision as well as help parents build connection with their children that will be the foundation of their learning. Location: Johnson County
Services: Connection through home visits, Developmental screenings, Free Parent Support through local school districts, Group connections, Open to all families with children prenatal to age 3, Research-based information
Location: Kansas, Missouri
Services: Behavioral Intervention Support Team (BIST), Build Trybe Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Training, Day Treatment Schools, Family Preservation, Foster Care Case Management, Foster Parent Licensing, Functional Family Therapy, Intensive Family Reunification Services, Intensive In-home Services, Outpatient Counseling, Pathways Transitional Living, Youth Educational Success
As a coalition of cross-sector agencies throughout Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition believes transparent collaboration and equal access to mental health education and prevention will increase the health and wellness of our community in order to "Raise KC". Location: Brookside, Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Kansas City, Overland Park, Platte County
Services: Behavior, Domestic Violence Assistance, Educational resources, Elderly Care Management, Family Communication, Food Pantry, Home visits, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Therapy
Location: Johnson County, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Early childhood learning, Education and Support Groups, Educational resources, Family Activities, Family Communication, Head Start, Home visits, Kindergarten preparation program, Mental Health, Mental Health Counceling, Nutriton Programs, Parent Education Programs, Parenting
JFS provides essential human services for people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis — regardless of faith, age, culture, or lifestyle. Location: Kansas City, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling families with young children, Counseling Teens, Domestic Violence Assistance, Elderly Care Management, Family Communication, Food Pantry, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Therapy
Location: Johnson County
Services: 6 by 6 Books to Go kits, Conference and study rooms, Homework Help, Intergenerational Civic Engagement & Election Programs, Literacy Guidance, Storytime, Summer Reading Events, Table Top Games, Teen Literary Arts Magazine--elementia, Walk and Reads, Workshops for Mothers of Preschoolers
Location: Johnson County, Mission, Olathe, Shawnne
Services: Behavior, Counseling families with young children, Domestic Violence Assistance, Family Communication, Family Health Programs, Hotline, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Therapy
Location: Kansas City
Services: Books to Go, Dial-A-Story Phone Line, Educational resources, Family Activities, Homework Resources, Interactive Storybooks, Recommended Reading, Services for Educators
Location: Wyandotte County
Services: Bilingual Services, Early Literacy Programs and Resources, Educational resources, Family Education Programs, Family Events, Homeschool and Homework Resources, Interactive Storybooks, Lifelong Literacy Programs and Resources, Print and Digital Collections for All Ages, Recommended Reading, Services for Educators
RaisingKC is one of our initiatives at Mattie Rhodes. We are currently running parent classes that have a youth group that meets at the same time. We have substance abuse groups and treatment for all ages. We have individual and group counseling for parents and youth. Location: Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County
Services: Behavior, Domestic Violence Therapy and Service Coordination, Education and Support Groups, LGBTQ+ youth gorup, Mental Health Counceling, School Based Services, Soccer for Success, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Support Groups, Therapy for all ages, Young Adult Supportive Living (Visionaries), Youth after-school Art Programs, Youth development programs
Mission Statement Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. Vision Statement Mid-Continent Public Library will provide the best library experience in North America. Who We Are Mid-Continent Public Library is a consolidated library district and tax-supported political subdivision that serves nearly 800,000 people in the greater Kansas City metro area. The Library is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees, which includes four representatives from each of the three counties in its district—Clay, Jackson, and Platte. For over 50 years, MCPL has been striving to provide customers with the best possible library experience. Location: Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County
Services: Book Groups, Children's Computers, Education Resources for Caregivers, Free Family Activities, Homework Help Resources, Online Tutoring, Readers Advisory and Custom Reading Recommendations, Reading Programs for All Ages, Reservable Meeting Rooms, Resources for Homeschoolers and Educators, Storytimes and Early Literacy Programs, Student Library Cards, Test Prep Resources, Wellness Rooms, Wi-Fi and Chromebooks To Go
We work with families who have babies birth -3yrs who have a diagnosed condition or a developmental delay. Location: Missouri
Services: Behavior, Home visits, Parenting, Screening
Location: Clay County, Platte County, Ray County
Services: Educational resources, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Resilience Training
Location: Olathe
Services: AARP Tax Help, Adult Book Recommendations, Ask a Librarian, Book Club Resources, Book Lists, Cafe, Computers & Printing, Curbside Pickup, Interlibrary Loan, Library to You Deliveries, Makerspace, Meeting Rooms & Event Rentals, Mobile Hotspots, Mobility Scooters, Notary Service, Personalized Reading Lists for Adults, Recording Studio, Remote Holds Pickup Lockers, Storytime and Circle Time, Teen Gaming Room, Themed Kits for Kids
Location: Jackson County, Kansas City
Services: Before and After School Programs, Early childhood learning, Health Services, Immunizations, Meals, Parent Education Programs, Personalized Learning, Therapy
Location: Kansas, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavioral Health Crisis, Crisis Line, Emergency Shelter, Home visits, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Screening, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teen Support Programs, Therapy
Early experiences can impact lifelong health and parents have the greatest opportunity to reduce these impacts. Screening for adverse childhood experiences will help guide parents to create the safest environment for themselves, their child, and their family. That's why we a a part of RaisingKC! Location: Wyandotte County
Services: Early childhood learning, Home visits, Parent Education Programs, Screening
We help you raise children with Love and Limits! Our mission, like RaisingKC, is to prevent toxic stress by building safe, stable nurturing relationships between adults and children. Location: Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Kansas City, Leavenworth County, Platte County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Educational resources, Family Communication, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Public Health, Suicide Prevention
Location: Kansas City Metro Area
Services: collaborations, community/workplace campaigns, Parent/Caregiver Resources, Self-care and resilience resources, webinars, workshops
Location: Kansas City, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling Teens, Screening, Teen Support Programs
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Services: Parent Guides, Parent Night KIt, Plugged-in Planner book series, Screen Sanity Group Study, Smartphone Toolkit, Social Media Playbook, Videogame Decision Tree
Location: Kansas City
Services: Early learning book kits, Learning activities, Music videos, Songs
Location: Gladstone, Missouri, Parkville
Services: Behavior Checker®, Counseling families with young children, Domestic Violence Assistance, Hotline, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Pediatric Primary Care, Resilience Training, Safe Place, Street Outreach, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teens and Tots Clinic, Temporary Housing
Location: Kansas City
Services: Assessment & Screenings, Counseling Center, Day Treatment, Family Support, Training
Location: Wyandotte County
Services: We provide mental health services to help children and adults develop resilience, We provide resources, referrals, and education that empower children and families to address their immediate needs, We provide training and coaching to support educators and expand the capacity of the early education workforce
Like RaisingKC, Wonderscope aims to strengthen families and help prepare children for a lifetime of success by promoting the healthy physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of our youngest community members. Location: Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior Checker®, Educational resources, Kindergarten preparation program, Parent Education Programs, Pop-up activities, Weekday programs
Location: Kansas City
Services: Digital Journalism, Internship Programs, Media, Professinal Communication, Strategic Communication
Location: Kansas City
Services: City Stage Live Theatre, Disney100: The Exhibition, Planetarium, Regnier Movie Theatre, Science City, Shopping & Restaurants
At University Health our Behavior Health Services are an important part of the RaisingKC Community. University Health (UH) Behavioral Health offers a wide array of services to help children and teens thrive. Our team of youth behavioral health specialists works with clients at our clinics, in schools and even in their homes. Location: Jackson County, Kansas City, Lee's Summit
Services: Behavior, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Screening, Substance Use Disorder, Therapy
We care for Kansas City kids! Location: Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Lactation Consulting, Nutriton Programs, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Pediatric Primary Care, Reach out and Read, Screening