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Full School Board Member Photo with Dr. Bedell

The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Missouri School District will hold the following Special Board Meeting via videoconferencing. The public may attend via telephone conference call.

The Public may phone in using the following Conference Call numbers:
+1 816-702-6421 United States, Kansas City (Toll)
Conference ID: 644 741 088#

Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Richardson Community School

Head Start (HS) is one of the most successful and longest-running national school readiness programs in the United States. Located at two early learning community schools, KCPS serves 460 students through this federally funded comprehensive program that provides supports for academics, family services, health, nutrition, mental health and disabilities. Teachers implement the Project Construct Curriculum and utilize the Project Approach to develop kindergarten readiness skills such as letter recognition, emergent writing, literacy, mathematics and social-emotional development.

Each child is authentically assessed through the Desired Developmental Results Profile (DRDP) three times per year. While students will learn the academic skills that are important for kindergarten, they will also learn to socialize, care for others, think critically, recognize healthy choices and manage those strong emotions that arise from frustrating and stressful situations. Families also benefit from this whole-child approach. Each family is assigned a Family Advocate that assists with family goal-setting, health and wellness, crisis intervention and resource and referral. To enroll in this program, families must income-qualify. Parents must provide their own transportation.


To apply for Head Start or Early Head Start families must contact the central intake team through Mid-America Head Start via email or phone.
Phone: 816-841-3382

An intake team member will schedule an appointment to complete the application. Because this is a federally funded program that is income-based, families will be asked to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of birth or proof of pregnancy for each child.
  • Proof of income (e.g. most current tax return, W-2 and/or pay stubs):
    • Proof of 12 months of income.
    • Proof of child support received for 12 months.
    • Proof of SSI of TANF if you are currently receiving either.
    • Pell Grants or scholarships information.
  • Proof of residency for Jackson County/KCPS School Boundary. Proof of residency can include a utility bill, rental contact or Missouri state property tax receipt with your current address.

Once the application is complete and approved, the Head Start Enrollment Specialist and Family Advocates will work with families to enroll their child(ren) into the program.

Head Start enrollment questions, please call (816) 418-5295.

Kids singing in choir
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Richardson Early Learning Center
3515 Park Ave.,
Kansas City, MO
(816) 418-2600