Early Learning (Pre-Kindergarten)
Early Learning (Pre-Kindergarten):
The Early Learning program is comprised of multiple components:
- Head Start Program
- Infant/Toddler Program
- Missouri Preschool Program
- Montessori Pre-K
- Parents as Teachers
- Pre-K Extended Learning Program
- Traditional Pre-K classrooms
Early Learning (Pre-K) FAQs
Q: How old must my child be to enter pre-kindergarten?
A: Your child must be three (3) years old before August 1 to enter pre-kindergarten.
Q: Who has to pay Is there a tuition fee for Pre-K?
A: Early Learning Pre-K programs within the Kansas City Public School (KCPS) district are tuition-free for those who apply and are accepted into a program. The Pre-K Extended Learning Program (before and after school care) is a fee-based program.
Q: Where will my child go to school?
A: Students will be placed based on a combination of factors including home address, family income, and program eligibility.
Q: Is my child eligible for transportation?
A: No, KCPS does not provide transportation for pre-kindergarten students.
Q: Do Pre-K students wear uniforms?
A: Early Learning programs at Woodland and Richardson do NOT wear uniforms. However, Pre-K programs at Neighborhood and Signature school sites wear uniforms consistent with that site.
Q: Will I be allowed to enroll my child in KCPS without having an up-to-date immunization record on file?
A: No. Missouri law (RSMo 167.181) requires all children show proof of adequate immunization before enrolling in a public school.
Q: What documentation do I need to apply?
A: New students must provide the following documentation to apply:
- Proof of Birth
- Current Immunizations
- Proof of Parentage/Guardianship
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID
- Proof of Household Income
- Two Proofs of residency:
1) Lease, Mortgage, or Tax Receipt
2) Gas or Electricity Utility Bill*
*Current utility bill only; disconnect/shut-off notices will not be accepted.
Q: If the program is tuition-free, why do I have to show proof of household income?
A: In order to provide a tuition-free program, KCPS uses household income information to receive reimbursement funds. Income information is also used to determine Extended Learning (before & after school care) fees.
Q: How do I submit my application?
A: Applications for Pre-K programs can be completed and returned to the following location:
Admissions Office • 2901 Troost., Phone: 816-418-7505
This program serves students ages 3-4 at dedicated campuses that promote independent learning and exploration. The curriculum is designed to provide students the tools they need to succeed by kindergarten.
Locations: African-Centered Prep, Banneker, Hale Cook, Hartman, Holliday, Longfellow, Pitcher, Primitivo Garcia, and Troost
Head Start is a federally funded program with a limited number of seats that provides service to families in need who live in the Kansas City Public Schools area. Head Start serves both the child and family with family advocates, health screenings, and job referrals. Admittance is based on family income.
Locations: Richardson and Woodland.
Missouri Preschool Program
The Missouri Preschool Program is a competitive grant opportunity from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create or expand high quality early care and education programs.
Locations: Garcia, Holliday, Pitcher, and Troost.
The focus of Montessori educations changes continuously with the needs and interests of each child. Learners are prepared for life in an educational and social environment where each child is challenged to become a self-motivated learner by developing qualities of self-worth, order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Family interviews with the school are required for acceptance.
Locations: Border Star Montessori and Holliday Montessori.
Parents As Teachers
Parents As Teachers is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Parent educators share information on early brain development, along with parenting advice for families to help make the most of their child's early learning years. Through personal visits, group connections, developmental screenings, and networks of community referrals, parents learn about early childhood development and how to increase their child's school readiness and success.
Please contact the Parents as Teachers (PAT) at 816-418-5245 to learn how to apply for this program.
Kansas City Public Schools Early Childhood Education Locations:
African Centered College Preparatory Academy – 6410 Swope Parkway
Benjamin Banneker – 7050 Askew Ave.
Border Star Montessori – 6321 Wornall Rd.
John T. Hartman Elementary – 8111 Oak St.
Harold Holliday Montessori – 7227 Jackson Ave.
Longfellow – 2830 Holmes Ave.
Pitcher Elementary – 9915 E. 38th St.
Primitivo Garcia Elementary – 1000 W. 17th St.
Troost Elementary – 1215 E. 59th St.
Head Start Locations:
Woodland Community School – 711 Woodland Ave.
Richardson Community School – 3515 Park Ave.
For Head Start, Contact:
Woodland Early Learning Office
711 Woodland Ave.
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Richardson Early Learning Office
3515 Park Ave.
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
For Pre-K and Neighborhood Schools, Contact:
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
For Signature Schools, Contact:
Individual School Offices
See Signature Schools (https://www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/26530) for contact information is program.
Early Learning Office
1215 E. Truman Road
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.