Raising Riley

The health department has been instrumental for years in bringing early childhood assistance to the community. Raising Riley is a collaborative effort of everyone in the community who wants good opportunities and outcomes for the children of Riley County.

Raising Riley, formerly Smart Start and the Early Childhood Block grant, has been a part of the Riley County Health Department since 2000. It provides resources such as:

  • Professional development opportunities and consultations for community providers provided by early childhood professionals.
  • Child care subsidies to help parents pay for quality child care
  • Home Visiting
  • Early Literacy Story Time facility visits for child care providers
  • Mental health consultant available for referral for scholarship families
  • Summer Camp Kindergarten for children entering kindergarten in the fall
  • Family Education and Support
  • Family and Parent events

The Raising Riley program includes child care subsidies for Riley County children, enabling them to attend quality child care programs.

Many other early childhood assistance programs are housed at the Family and Child Resource Center at 2101 Claflin Road including Parents as Teachers, a toy and book lending library, free community playgroups, WIC, Family Connections, M&I, Healthy Start, and Child Care Licensing.

2020 Raising Riley Scholarship Application (pdf)

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