Our Mission is to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.

Growing Futures Early Education Center, formerly Head Start of Shawnee Mission, began in 1965. 2015 marks our 50th anniversary of providing children and families with high quality early education and comprehensive support services that empower them to be socially and academically ready for kindergarten and life.

Growing Futures Early Education Center offers Early Head Start, Head Start, and Community Child Care options for children 0-5 and their families. Enrolled families also have access to a variety of comprehensive support services that include health and nutrition services, mental health, dental health, family advocacy, and family engagement opportunities.

Growing Futures Early Education Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from government grants, private foundations, and generous individuals in the community who donate their time and resources to make our program a success. Take a moment to learn about how you can support us and the children and families we serve. 

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Want to learn more? We offer informative, one-hour Crayon Box Tours of our program for interested community members. Contact us at (913) 649-9714 or check our calendar of events to find the next available tour date!

A Head Start for children and families.


8155 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204 - (913) 649-9714