Head Start

St. Mark Child and Family Development Center is the only Head Start-affiliated, early childhood development provider with regularly scheduled hours and consistent services in the 64127 zip code neighborhood. In partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council and The Family Conservancy, we offer Early Head Start (birth to 3 years) and Head Start (3 years to 5 years) services to age and income eligible children.

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.

Early Head Start and Head Start services include:

  • Developmental Screenings
  • Dental Screenings
  • Growth Assessments
  • Educational Experiences
  • Health Screenings (lead, vision and hearing screenings)
  • Parent Involvement Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Nutritious Meals