How your family can be 12345 Fit-Tastic!

By Jennifer Traffis, Director Children & Family Services As Director of Children and Family Services at United Way of Wyandotte County I get invited to participate in several community wide committees. This is the favorite part of my job! Getting involved with our community and really doing the work to move the needle and make…

5 Ways to make reading fun (for you and your child)!

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children Services It’s been well researched that children who are read to everyday have greater success in school. If you are the parent of a young child you’ve probably  also experienced reading fatigue, that moment where you think, “do I have to read this book AGAIN?” We’ve all been there….

Change the first 5 years, change everything

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children Services Did you watch the State of the Union address by the President? Were you surprised to hear him address child care? Do you realize child care was the phrase said most often in the address? You might be wondering why child care has caught the attention of the…

13 Million Kids

13 million kids will be bullied this year. As a woman, without children, I am somewhat removed from the school system. Working with youth serving organizations, I have always been marginally aware of bullying. But it wasn’t until watching the documentary Bully, that I realized how big of an issue bullying really is in our…

Project SPARK: Start strong, finish strong

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Family & Children Services Hello Kansas City, Kansas! I have called you home for most of my life. Today I want to tell you a little about my passion, my work and why I do what I do at United Way of Wyandotte County and why it is important. Young…