Little Learners Luncheon

On October 28, 2021, we hosted the biggest Little Learners Luncheon in our history. There was magic in the room! It’s a morning that we will remember forever, and we hope you will too if you were able to join us.

Held at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium’s impressive Tower Club East, guests enjoyed a gourmet lunch, special performance, student art display, and an opportunity to build bridges, inspire minds, and impact futures. This event benefited UICS and supported the belief all children deserve a great education right from the start and will make the world better because of it!

The Little Learners Luncheon, chaired by Jon and Sarah Baum, was an opportunity to learn more about UICS, Kansas City’s leader in quality early learning for more than 50 years. We are a catalyst in our community sparking change and altering the Pre-K education conversation. We’re making big strides by serving more students than ever before!

Weren’t able to attend? Don’t worry – we created a quick recap video so you can have an inside look at the event wherever you are!


We also made a BIG announcement at our event……! United Inner City Services is now EarlystART!


The name says it all for us – it’s what we give every child that walks through the doors of any of our centers! We can’t wait to share more in the days to come…. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out

We’ve done incredible work together so far. We’ve curated boundless joy and opportunity in one of the most adverse times the world has faced – let’s keep it up! If you’d like to support the event and our mission, please click below. We are close to 70% of our goal and could use a little extra help providing 7 more Bobbye Jean Fuller Early Education Fund scholarships. No gift is too small – not even for a little learner! Every dollar helps us fund another future.

Presenting Champions

Tom & Jan Kreamer

Kenneth & Ann Baum


Champions of Optimism

Blue KC


Champions of Resilience


PNC Bank


Champions of Courage

Union Station


Champions of Creativity


Irv Belzer & Sue McCord-Belzer

Central Bank of Kansas City

Great Western Bank

Amy and Paul Holewinski


Mary & Mark Jorgensen

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Strategic Organization

School Smart KC

UMB Financial Corporation

U.S. Engineering

Wickham James

Lisa and Charles Schellhorn

Kissick Construction

Alice Kitchen



Champions of Change

Katie Stover

Anne Russ

Irv Dwork

John Shearer

Sharon Loftspring

Micole Franklin

Matt Urish

Crystal Everett

Michael & Linda Braude

Harriet Rice

Paul & Lynn Douthat

Kim M. McChesney

Sandra K. & David O. Renz

Aaron M North

Dick & Sharyl Roady

Dennis & Palle Rilinger

Steven Lewis

Lisa Klein

Laura Palacios

Lisa Krigsten

Stephen Wood

Bernie Fromm

Dana Cutler

Linda & Kent Bumgarner

Elizabeth Bordenave

Stanley Brand

Adelaide Perry

Kay Johnson

Robert Shapiro

Thomas Scott

Andrew & Sheryl Kaplan

Howard & Vicky Mayer

Alana Muller

Irene Bettinger

Darron Story



Thank you, Little Learners Luncheon Sponsors!