Head Start


Our Head Start program serves children from three to five years of age in a  preschool program with varying program options. Contact one of our Family Support Advocates at (913) 649-9714 to learn more about our program and services.

Part Day/Part Year serves children in three classrooms, 3½ hours a day, Monday-Thursday, August–May. Classes are from 8-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-4 p.m. Children must reside within the Shawnee Mission School District, be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, and must have family incomes that are below the federal poverty guidelines.

Wrap-Around Care serves children in two classrooms from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, year-round.  It is designed to combine the preschool program with an extended day for parents who are working or in school at least 30 hours week. For the 2014-2015 program year, the cost is $110 a week. Head Start children must reside within the Shawnee Mission School District, be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, and have family incomes that meet the federal poverty guidelines.

We utilize the HighScope curriculum, which is designed to develop social competencies, as well as math, science and writing skills children need to enter kindergarten successfully.

Head Start Qualifications

Families qualify for Head Start services based upon meeting the following criteria:


Families must reside within the current Shawnee Mission School District boundaries (County Line Road on the north, State Line Road on the east, I-435 on the south and Ogg Road on the west).


Priority is given to families with incomes at or below the federal poverty level (readjusted annually by the federal government). For the current guidelines click here.


Children must meet the age guidelines for the program. The Head Start program accepts children ages 3 through 4 as of August 31 of each year.

Getting Started

Families may apply on the last Tuesday of every month from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., except holidays. To apply, you must bring the following pieces of information:

• Birth certificate for each child applying.

•Proof of residence—usually a utility bill or current lease agreement. It must include your name, current address and a date within the past 30 days.

•Proof of income—current tax return or W-2 or 12 months of income.

•Proof of child support received for 12 months if applicable.

•Proof of SSI or TAF if you are currently receiving it or have received it within the past year.