Helping children reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

Sparking Change and Giving Hope

We are St. Mark Center, a catalyst in the community sparking change.

We are actively altering the early childhood education conversation.

We are leading by example.

We show that together, we can make bigger strides and accomplish more.

We help families confidently rise to the challenges of everyday life.

We help every child reach his/her inherent potential in the classroom and at home.

A brilliant treasure along Kansas City’s 12th Street Corridor, St. Mark Center is a  vibrant facility that serves as an anchor of hope and opportunity for children and families in surrounding neighborhoods. Though located in one of the city’s poorest ZIP codes, our arts-infused environment, cultural diversity, and creative philosophy are attractive, as well, to families with far greater economic resources and educational backgrounds.

It is this emphasis on the arts, as well as a unique and consistent quality of education, that drives our high degrees of kindergarten readiness for children of all backgrounds.

And it’s precisely what inspires confidence, trust, and resilience in families whose children are statistically at-risk.



While St. Mark Center often has a wait list, families interested in enrollment are encouraged to complete the Enrollment Inquiry Form on our Admissions page.  Families will be contacted as openings become available.

Infant & Toddler (6 wks to 3 yrs)



In the St. Mark Center infant and toddler classrooms, the focus is on sensory experiment and development. This is the first step in helping infants grow into curious children. We also begin working on social and emotional development in the infant room. Our individualized interactions with infants readies them for future exploration and education.

Pre-School (3 yrs to 5 yrs)



Pre-School students at St. Mark Center will grow empathy and understanding as they learn to socialize with others, solve problems, and develop self-confidence. Students continue to expand their social and emotional development. Along the way they also develop better listening, language and cognitive skills in preparation for kindergarten.