Who We Are

Growing Futures Early Education Center, formerly Head Start of Shawnee Mission, is a not-for-profit organization providing quality early education opportunities and family support services for children in Johnson County, Kansas.  Growing Futures opened its doors in 1965 as a Head Start summer enrichment program for 17 preschool-aged children from low-income families. Today we serve over 250 low-income children and their families with Early Head Start and Head Start programs. In addition, we offer opportunities for any family to benefit from our quality early education program with competitive rates and no income eligibility requirements.

Although our program has grown since 1965 to meet the increasing needs of Johnson County families, our funding has not kept pace with the demand for services. During the decade, Johnson County's population grew 20% while at the same time the number of people living in poverty increased 134%. Growing Futures regularly maintains a waitlist of more than 100 children. View our 2014-2019 Strategic Plan.

We need our community. 

Growing Futures is funded only in part through federal and state grants. We are currently required to raise more than $333,000 in private/community dollars each year to meet matching requirements for federal grant funding. Beyond that, significant additional funds are required to operate our program and fully serve enrolled families in our community who rely on us to provide comprehensive family services that support their child’s success.

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Our Mission

To nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.

Our Vision

Growing Futures Early Education Center will be a leading center of excellence in
the growth and development of young children and support of their families.

Annual Report

Click here to download our 2015-2016 annual report.