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Rev. Samuel Mann, Founding Executive of United Inner City Services

United Inner City Services has served Kansas City, Missouri’s urban 12th Street Corridor just east of downtown since 1967. With the leadership of its first Executive Director, Rev. Samuel E. Mann, the organization was created to strengthen the health and vitality of its neighboring communities. UICS came to serve as an anchor, connecting families with vital resources for food, rent and utilities assistance, as well as other social services.

In response to a growing demand for high quality childcare from neighboring families, a childcare program began in 1972 with the support of St. Mark Union Church. In 2001, key Kansas City leaders and community partners launched UICS’s capital campaign to erect St. Mark Child & Family Development Center. The state-of-the-art facility on the grounds of UICS opened in 2004 with a distinctive, creative curriculum and a commitment to a highly trained faculty.

In 2019, UICS answered the call for further expansion and access to premiere early childhood education in a new area of the city. Metro Child & Family Development Center opened at the key corner of 39th St. and Troost Ave, where one of the busiest metro bus hubs in the city is located. With access to transportation and quality childcare in one place, more families in the community are empowered every day to flourish.

St. Mark Center and Metro Center function today as the heart and signature outreach of UICS and are recognized as two of Kansas City’s leading early learning programs. Our Centers serve more than 220 infants and toddlers, and pre-k students as well as their families and caregivers.