Pre-K Programs

Discover the KC Pre-K Cooperative

The KC Pre-K Cooperative is an innovative partnership between community-based early childhood providers and public schools that offers free, high-quality Pre-K for income eligible families living in Kansas City, MO. Serving 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, the Cooperative’s Pre-K classrooms build the essential academic, social, and emotional skills that students need to thrive in Kindergarten and that establish a solid foundation for future success in the classroom and beyond.

Committed to program quality, all cooperative partners offer:

Missouri Accredited classrooms

Certified teachers

MO DESE-recommended curriculum

Full-day, 5-day programs

Before and after school care

Free meals and snacks

Connections to a range of supportive services

How does it work?

Students age 3-5 enroll at the participating elementary school of their choice and attend Pre-K at that school’s early childhood partner location. A seat in Kindergarten will be waiting for your child at your chosen elementary school the following year. 

Enrollment Requirements

  • Your child must live in the Kansas City, MO Public Schools attendance boundary.
  • Your child must qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

Not eligible for free and reduced-price meals? Contact our early childhood partners to learn about other affordable options. 

KC Pre-K Cooperative Partners
Located Across the City

Historic Northeast

Pre-K Partner

  • Della Lamb

Elementary Partner

  • Kansas City International Academy

Prospect and Swope

(East of Troost)

Pre-K Partner

  • Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center

Elementary Partners

  • Academie Lafayette
  • Allen Village School
  • Gordon Parks
  • KCPS
  • University Academy

31st and Troost

Pre-K Partner

  • Operation Breakthrough

Elementary Partners

  • Citizen’s of the World Charter School
  • Hogan Prep Academy
  • Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy
  • KCPS

39th and Troost

Pre-K Partner

  • EarlystART – St. Mark Center

Elementary Partners

  • Crossroads Charter School

Families can enroll their children through the elementary school partner of their choice on

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