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Welcome to
Growing Futures!

Our Mission

To nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.

Who We Are


Who We Are

Growing Futures Early Education Center, a Head Start for children and families, is a non-profit organization, providing quality early learning opportunities and family support services for children in Johnson County, Kansas. Our Early Head Start and Head Start programs are for children 0-5 and their families. Enrolled families also have access to a variety of comprehensive support services, including health and nutrition services, onsite play therapy, parent education, mental health, medical and dental health, family support and engagement opportunities. Our education program focuses on developing a child’s academic readiness, along with an emphasis on social and emotional development.

Growing Futures opened its doors in 1965 as a Head Start summer enrichment program for 17 preschool-aged children from low-income families, making us one of the original Head Start programs. Today, we serve 223 low-income children and their families with Early Head Start and Head Start programs and we regularly maintain a wait list of more than 200 children.

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. More than 32,500 Johnson County residents, or 5.6% of the population, lives below the federal poverty level with 3,900 of those residents being children, ages 0-5. Thousands more earn just enough to avoid the technical definition of poverty, which is $24,860 for a family of three. During the past decade, Johnson County's population grew by 20%, while the number of people living in poverty increased by 134%. Now, more than ever, our services are desperately needed.


​We rely heavily on support from our community partners, corporate sponsors, donors, local grants and our volunteers. There are so many ways to get involved with Growing Futures and we hope you will join us in our mission - to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.

Story Time


Home Based Play Group

March 22

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Parent Education Night

April 09

Parent Education Night

March 26

Parent Education Night

April 02

Parent Committee

April 04

Early Release/Home Visits

April 11

Closed for Students/Home Visits

April 12

Closed for Students/PD

April 15

Home Based Play Group

April 15

Policy Council

April 18

Parent Education Night

April 16

Get Involved



 Lil' Sprouts

Individual Volunteering



Group Volunteering


Wish List





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We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers! Did you know that each hour volunteered counts as $31.80 toward our non-federal goal? A half day group project can raise a significant amount for our organization! 

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"Growing Futures talks the talk when it comes to treating its employees well. I've worked in early education for almost 35 years and I have to say Growing Futures is the best

Head Start ever!"

Joyce K., Room 3 Teacher



Larry Lewis, Jr.

Executive Director

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Tanesha Thompson

Program Director

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Kathleen Kane

Finance Director

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Jessica Hoffman

Director of Development &

Community Relations


Suzanne Handlin, PHR

Human Resource Manager

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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.

Contact Us!

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Growing Futures Early Education Center

8155 Santa Fe Drive 

Overland Park, KS 66204


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