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Head Start & Early Head Start

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Head Start

Who Qualifies: The Head Start program (a federally funded program) serves children 3-5 years old, four days a week. Providing early education as well as providing two meals daily ensures student success. Meeting children’s needs (social-emotional, cognitive, physical, medical and social supports) builds a strong foundation for early learners. Preparedness for kindergarten is a primary goal for Head Start students and families. Family Advocates partner with parents to provide support for the entire family, often connecting them to community resources.

Head Start provides a holistic approach for the child. When they come to school they get their early childhood setting, learning, playing and social interaction, but they also get basic needs met by getting two meals while they’re here and a lot of other supports.”

Jennifer Allen, Lead Family Advocate

Benefits: The half-day program is four days a week and includes meals and snacks. School supplies and transportation are provided. 

Head Start promotes school readiness by helping students acquire the skills necessary to be successful in school. All areas of development, including cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional, are addressed.  Children are enrolled in either the morning session or the afternoon session.  Morning students receive and lunch; afternoon students receive  lunch and a heavy snack.   

  • Must meet federal income guidelines
  • Serves families of children 3-5 years old
  • Half-day program (3 1/2 hours)
  • Four days a week
  • Breakfast and Lunch OR Lunch and snack provided
  • School supplies provided
  • Limited Transportation provided

For more information call: (816) 841-3382 or go to:

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Early Head Start

Who Qualifies: Low-income families with children neonatal to 3 years old who complete a Head Start application process and meet the criteria.

Benefits: Families receive weekly home visits from a Certified Parent Educator/Family Advocate, education about developmentally appropriate learning and activities, and access to local resources and support systems for all family members, such as diapers, books, nutrition, utility and housing assistance, and mental health support.

Cost: Free

Early Head Start serves pregnant mothers and children from birth to 3 years in the Lee’s Summit School District.

Call and schedule your application appointment TODAY with one of our family advocates:

Kelly O'Connor (816) 519-3011
Jessi Walker (816) 845-9677

Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility Information


If you feel you meet the criteria for the Early Headstart program, please enroll in the LSR-7 Parents as Teachers Program by clicking here.