High quality early childhood education has been proven to be one of the most critical factors in the long term success of our students and community.

At SchoolSmartKC, we are unyielding in our work to “connect the dots” within our education system, ensuring high quality Pre-K is available to local families, particularly those most disadvantaged, and that these Pre-K programs are the start of a clear pathway for success into quality, accessible K-12 schooling.

Unfortunately, many families in Kansas City do not have access to quality Pre-K programming or cannot afford the high cost of quality early education options. 

SchoolSmartKC’s work in this domain commenced in 2019 by developing a powerful collaboration between Pre-K providers, K-12 schools and community partners under the KC Pre-K Cooperative.

This program has allowed our local community to access $2M annually in previously un-utilized state funding to expand Pre-K seats in Kansas City, with 26 partnering providers including schools and early childhood education centers serving 600 low-income young children each year with free Pre-K. As we continue this work, we seek a universal, high quality Pre-K system for all Kansas City students by 2031.

This work intersects with our commitment to talent development, and our robust model to ensure schools are able to recruit and retain representative educators to meet the needs of their students.

Our Impact on Pre-K in Kansas City


SSKC is proud to partner with the following organizations on our Pre-K work:

Full Partners

Academie Lafayette

Allen Village School

Citizens of the World – Kansas City

Crossroads Charter School

Della Lamb

Early StART

Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center

Genesis School

Gordon Parks Elementary School

Hogan Preparatory Academy

KC International Academy

KC Public Schools

Lee A Tolbert Community Academy

Operation Breakthrough

University Academy

Upper Room KC

Emerging Partners

Each One Teach One Learning Center LLC

Eagles Nest Child Care

KC Public School (Garcia Elementary)

Kids in Christ Academy LLC

The Children’s Place

Affiliate Partners

Academy For Integrated Arts

Bare Essentials Childcare Center

Children’s Choice Too

Frontier School of Innovation

Kids in Christ Preschool LLC


Resource and Funding Partners

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

The Family Conservancy

Show Me KC Schools

TFA Accelerate

Appletree Institute

Sherman Family Foundation

Greater KC Community Foundation

Kauffman Foundation

Francis Family Foundation

Hall Family Foundation

H&R Block Foundation

PNC Bank


Sherman Family Foundation
The Pre-K Cooperative
Kansas City Teacher Residency
The Family Conservancy
Show Me KC Schools

Related Content