The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in the Kansas City region. LINC provides high quality before and after school care for elementary school students in a safe, fun and caring environment that supports children's social, emotional and physical development. The program encourages children’s growth through recreational and academic activities including snacks and homework help. Program starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
    Contact: Eric Lanier @ 418-3724 

    ELL Services
    ELL students in elementary schools are mainstreamed into regular classrooms and receive co-teaching services from an ESOL certified teacher. This teacher may work with students individually, small group or whole group in concert with the mainstream teacher to provide English language instruction to the ELL students. This program focuses on building academic language to support the district Core Curriculum with the goal of assisting students to succeed in the mainstream classroom.
    Contact: James School Office @ 418-3700 

    21st Century After School Grant
    This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

    Mattie Rhodes Community Center/Cultural Arts and Explorers Program
    The Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual and family well being through social services, mental health counseling and the arts. Their goal is to educate the community about Latino culture and traditions through the visual arts.

    Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health Center
    The Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center is a community health center and we take our vision statement, "healthy people in a healthy community", seriously. We understand that health education, prevention and early detection of diseases, goes a long way toward achieving this goal. Our Community Outreach staff members often provide health education classes and events at the Health Center, as well as participating in similar events at other locations.

    Dental Smiles
    Partnership for Smiles was established with the mission to fully meet the oral health needs of disadvantaged children and families in greater Kansas City. Fifty-five percent of children in Missouri who qualify for Medicaid do not receive adequate oral health care. Because of Partnership for Smiles more of these children and families in the Kansas City area are able to receive the care they desperately need. The success of the program is accomplished through the hard work and commitment generated by the partnership between the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and community health centers:
    Contact: Nancy Cunningham (School Nurse) @ 418-3740

    Adult ELL Classes
    The English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum teaches language skills to speakers of other languages, for everyday life. Courses cover Grammar, Conversational English, American idioms, and language-related issues associated with the naturalization process and U.S. citizenship preparation.

    KCPD D.A.R.E Program
    The KCPD works in conjunction with James Elem. to provide the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program to upper elementary students. The curriculum teaches students good decision-making skills and promotes healthy life styles.
    Contact: Officer Liz Commono through James Office@418-3700 

    Title 1 Tutoring/Plato Tutoring
    Title 1 and related Federal Programs are intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.
    It provides flexible funding that may be used to provide additional instructional staff, professional development, extended-time programs, and other strategies for raising student achievement in high-poverty schools. The program
    focuses on promoting school-wide reform in high-poverty schools and ensuring students' access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.

    Other programs include:
    • “Taking Knowledge Straight to" College” Initiative
    • Score 1 for Health
    • UMKC Root for Health
    • UMKC Extension Nutrition Classes
    • MU Extensions
    • College of Interns
    • 3rd Meal KCPS
    • Kansas City Regional Police Academy
    • Blue Valley Kiwanis
    • Jackson County Family Court
    • Love and Logic
    • Children's Mercy CARE Program
    • Kansas City Missouri Safe Schools Program