Early Education in North Kansas City Schools
NKC Schools is proud to offer a variety of Early Education programs to meet the needs of our community. All our programs provide opportunities for exploration, discovery, creativity, problem solving and social interaction.
Free Developmental Screenings
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide you with additional information about your child's development through our screening process. To be eligible for one of our free Early Education programs, your child must be three or four years old on or before July 31, 2021, reside within the boundaries of NKC Schools and have a complete developmental screening. Once the screening questionnaire below is completed, you will be contacted by a member of our team to schedule a virtual appointment that will complete the screening process. We look forward to supporting your family!
If you have questions or need assistance please call the center at 816-321-5250. For developmental screening questions, please contact Courtney Holt. If you have questions about a special education evaluation, please contact Carey Webber.
To begin the screening process for our Center-Based and School-Based programs for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year click here.
Early Childhood Special Education
The Early Childhood Special Education program, located at the Early Education Center, enhances optimal functioning and improves the quality of life for each child from 3 through 5 years of age by providing a full continuum of comprehensive integrated services that match the individual needs of the students. Our Early Childhood Special Education services are determined by the child's IEP team.
Our Center-Based Preschool is located at the Early Education Center. This program is a free, half day preschool program offered for children who qualify. A screening is required to determine eligibility. Each class has up to 20 students with a certified teacher and an instructional assistant. Our center-based preschool is 5 half days each week with both morning and afternoon sessions available.
The School-Based preschool is located in seven of our elementary schools. This program is a free, full day preschool program offered for children who qualify. A screening is required to determine eligibility. Each class has up to 20 students with a certified teacher and an instructional assistant. Our School-Based preschool is 5 full days each week following the start and end times of each school. Schools include Chouteau, Gracemor, Linden West, Maplewood, Oakwood Manor, Rising Hill, and Winnwood.
Tuition Paid Preschool
An exciting new program coming for the 2021-2022 school year is our Tuition Paid Preschool program. This program will be located at the Early Education Center. Students who attend NKC Schools’ Early Education Center Tuition Paid Preschool must live within the boundaries of NKC Schools or the legal guardian of the student must be an employee of the district. Children must be 3 or 4 on or before July 31, 2021 to be eligible for registration March 23. After July 31, children are eligible for registration on their 3rd birthday. We have space available for 40 children from the community as well as 40 spaces for children of district employees. Each class will have up to 20 students with a certificated teacher and an instructional assistant. Tuition Paid is a full day program offered five days a week from 6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Additional enrollment information can be found on the Tuition Paid Preschool page.