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.
21-22 Early Education School Supply List
Free Developmental Screenings
Due to the high volume of interest in screenings, we are focusing our resources for the remainder of this semester on those whose 4th birthday is on or before July 31, 2017. This allows us to reach as many students as we can in their year prior to entering kindergarten. If your child falls into this category and you would like to schedule a screening for the 2021-2022 school year, please call the Early Education Center at 816-321-5250.
We will begin preschool screenings for the 2022-2023 school year in January 2022.
If you have concerns about your child’s development or suspect a disability, you may call the Early Education Center at 321-5250.
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 Program
An exciting new program coming for the 2021-2022 school year is our Tuition Paid program. This program is located at the Early Education Center. Students who attend NKC Schools’ Early Education Center Tuition Paid program 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. NKC Schools Tuition Paid program 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 page.