• Head Start

    About 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 Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    (816) 418-2600
    kcpublicschools.org/Richardson

    Richardson Early Learning Community School Logo
     

    The Richardson Early Learning Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources to more effectively engage and support the social, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. We offer the National Head Start Early Childhood Education Program for children and families. The program is designed to increase school readiness by supporting the social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. This goal is accomplished by providing a rich, age-appropriate learning environment, by engaging and supporting families and by connecting them with needed services through the community school model. Our community partners are integral to our success and they include: The KCPS Parents As Teachers Program helps families develop good parenting skills as well as introduces them to the support services they and their children may need; Success By Six (SB6) Center a United Way program offering age appropriate toy and book lending, and on-site child development activities for parents with young children; The YMCA offers parenting workshops and age-appropriate physical activity programs such as “bitty sports” for younger children. Other community partners include: LINC, Cornerstones of Care and The Giving Grove. To apply, fill out an online interest form at home, school or at the KCPS Enrollment Department (located at 2901 Troost Ave.)

    School Hours:
    8:00AM - 2:30PM

    After Care:
    2:30PM - 5:30PM

    Capacity:
    220 Students

    Key Features:
    Field Trips
    Monthly Parent Meetings
    Parent Commitee
    Policy Committee
    Volunteer Opportunities

     

    Woodland Early Learning Community School

    711 Woodland Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64106
    (816) 418-5900
    kcpublicschools.org/Woodland

    Woodland Early Learning Community School Logo
     

    The Woodland Early Learning Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources to more effectively engage and support the social, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. We offer the National Head Start Early Childhood Education Program for children and families. The program is designed to increase school readiness by supporting the social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. This goal is accomplished by providing a rich, age-appropriate learning environment, by engaging and supporting families and by connecting them with needed services through the community school model. Our community partners are integral to our success and they include: The Missouri Division of Family Services which assists families with applications for TANF, Food Stamps, MO HealthNet and other programs designed to help stabilize families and set them on a path for self-sufficiency; The Parents as Teachers Program helps families develop good parenting skills as well as introduces them to the support services they and their children may need; SB6, a United Way program offering age appropriate toy and book lending, and on-site child development activities for parents with young children. Other community partners include: LINC, Cornerstones of Care, Mattie Rhodes Center, The Giving Grove and Harmony Project KC. To apply, fill out an online interest form at home, school or at the KCPS Enrollment Department (located at 2901 Troost Ave.)

    School Hours:
    8:00AM - 2:30PM

    After Care:
    2:30PM - 5:30PM

    Capacity:
    240 Students

    Key Features:
    Field Trips
    Parent Meetings
    Parent Commitee
    Policy Committee
    Volunteer Opportunities

     

    Central Early Head Start

    3221 Indiana Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64128
    kcpublicschools.org/Central

    Central Early Head Start Logo
     

    This center provides free, high-quality Early Head Start educational programming during the school day for the children of KCPS students enrolled at Central Academy. Early Head Start is part of a federal program that provides an early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development program to children under the age of 3 and whose family’s incomes are at or below the federal poverty line.

    This is the only Early Head Start center in the Kansas City, MO region operating specifically to assist high school students with young children. The center reflects the commitment in the new KCPS Strategic Plan to increase early childhood education and make the school system a place that provides the academic, social and emotional support necessary so that all students can achieve their college and/or career goals.

    Capacity:
    16 Infants & Toddlers