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.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
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.