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
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.