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:
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 play groups, WIC, Family Connections, M&I, Healthy Start, and Child Care Licensing.