• Head Start

    Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that has been successfully serving low-income children and their families for over fifty years. It is a child-focused program with an overall goal of increasing school readiness and socialization for young children three and four years old. This is accomplished by providing a rich preschool environment, engaging and supporting the family, and connecting with the community.

    Head Start programs support children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

    • Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
    • Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
    • Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development. 

    Head Start Locations

    Richardson Early Learning Community School
    3515 Park Avenue, KCMO 64109
    (816) 418-2601

    Woodland Early Learning Community School
    711 Woodland Avenue, KCMO 64106
    (816) 418-5901