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Frequently Asked Questions

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Early Learning (Pre-K) Programs 

The early learning program is comprised of multiple components - traditional early childhood classrooms, the Head Start Program, the Missouri Preschool Program, Montessori pre-k, and Parents as Teachers. The early learning programs serve students ages 3-4, while Parents as Teachers serves families with children that are newborn through age 5.

Q: How old must my child be to enter pre-kindergarten?
A: Your child must be 3 years old before August 1 to enter pre-kindergarten.
Q: Who has to pay tuition for pre-k?
A: Currently, only families who enroll in the Montessori pre-k programs at Border Star and Holliday must pay full tuition. This is to account for the added cost of staffing the classrooms with certified Montessori teachers. Tuition for other programs is on a sliding scale.
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: Only pre-k students at African-Centered Prep are required to wear uniforms. All other pre-k students must adhere to the KCPS dress code, but are not required to wear uniforms. The dress code is available on our uniform policy page
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: How do I submit my application?
A: All pre-kindergarten applications, excluding Montessori applications, must be returned to the Early Learning offices at 1215 E. Truman Road. Applications are accepted by appointment only; call 418-5213 to schedule yours. To get involved with the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program, please call the PAT supervisor at 418-5245. Note: since pre-kindergarten applications take additional time to process, appointments are necessary so you can avoid long wait times and we can better serve you.

Traditional early
childhood classrooms
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.  
Early childhood classrooms are located at African-Centered Prep, Hale Cook, Hartman, Richardson and Woodland.
Head Start 
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.
Head Start classrooms are located at 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.
Missouri Preschool Program classrooms are located at Pitcher, Paige and Troost.
Montessori Pre-K
Montessori pre-kindergarten classrooms are staffed with certified Montessori teachers. Montessori pre-k enrollment is handled at the school office. Family interviews with the school are required for acceptance. Tuition fees apply.
Montessori pre-k classrooms are located at Border Star and Holliday. 
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) supervisor at 418-5245 to learn how to apply for this program.


Contact the Early Learning Office
1215 E. Truman Road
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.