Early Intervention/Development

Plaza De Ni’os Preschool

Plaza de Ni’os is a year-round preschool located in the Westside community, serving children aged two to five. Our primary goal is to provide a bilingual kindergarten readiness program designed to enhance the areas of social competence, cognitive skills, language, physical development, and positive self-direction.

Plaza de Ni’os Preschool also provides Head Start and is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Plaza de Ni’os Preschool
1711 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64108

Project EAGLE

Project EAGLE provides Early Head Start as well as a broad range of family services

  • Early Childhood Development and Early Intervention Services
  • Parenting Education
  • Coordination of comprehensive family support services, including health care, dental care, transportation, housing, job placement, formal education programs, basic life skills, family and personal counseling, and developmentally appropriate childcare.

Families who are eligible for Project EAGLE Early Head Start

  • Live in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Have a total family (household) income at or below the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Have a pregnant woman or a child less than one year of age living in the home.

Project EAGLE community programs
Tower II, Suite 900
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS. 66101
Phone: 913-281-2648

Sunshine Center

Sunshine Center offers a comprehensive program in early intervention special education, speech, physical and occupational therapy and early childhood education. In an inclusive setting, typically developing children learn alongside their peers who are challenged with autism, spina bifida, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, speech impairments and other disabilities.

Sunshine Center is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the State of Missouri Department of Health as a childcare facility. We are a United Way funded agency.

Sunshine Center also offers a private school, sanctioned and approved by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for medically fragile students.

In addition, Sunshine Center offers services to children in their own home or other childcare center. Occupational, speech and physical therapists will also provide services in the child’s home or other location through the Missouri First Steps program.

Sunshine Center
607 West Lexington Avenue
Independence, MO 64050

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place has been committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of the very youngest victims of child abuse, neglect and other trauma. Within the Kansas City community and beyond, the agency’s specialized expertise in working with traumatized young children has made The Children’s Place a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. To entrust that agency services are of the highest quality, The Children’s Place is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Children’s Place
2 East 59th Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

TIES program

The TIES (Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse) program uses a community-based, multi-disciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive services to the families of pregnant and postpartum women with HIV or substance abuse problems.

3101 Broadway, Suite 575
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 234-3021

First Steps (Missouri Birth to Three)

First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with development disabilities.

The First Steps Goal is to make sure that families have the necessary supports, services, and resources that they need to raise healthy, happy and successful children. First Steps works with Missouri families of children age birth to three with diagnosed developmental disability or delay to ensuring that coordinated services are provided as conveniently as possible. Participation in First Steps is voluntary and is intended to help families of children with disabilities. First Steps has three main goals:

  • Parents will understand their child’s special needs.
  • Parents will have the ability to obtain the help they desire to deal with situations that could interfere with their child’s growth and development.
  • Parents will have the ability to provide the best conditions for their child’s growth and development.

Families can contact their county First Steps Office for more information by calling
1-866-583-2392 toll free

Missouri Department of Education
Division of Special Education – First Steps
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Infant-Toddler Services (Kansas Birth to Three)

Infant-Toddler Services is a comprehensive, statewide system of community-based, family-centered early intervention services for young children (birth through age 2) with disabilities and their families.

Many local agencies provide an array of services to eligible children and their families utilizing a variety of public and private resources. Services are designed to meet the special needs of the child and family and are identified through a multi-disciplinary assessment process and provided through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Family members are important partners in this team approach to provision of services.

Early intervention services that are available to eligible children and their families based on needs include: speech, occupational and physical therapies, audiology, special instruction, family training, assistive technology, social work, vision, psychological, and nutrition services. There also are specific types of medical, health, nursing and transportation services available. A family service coordinator is available to assist families with the evaluation and eligibility determination, IFSP development and service provision, including assistance to ease the transition to Part B Special Education Services when the child reaches age 3.

For more information on Infant-Toddler Services, please call toll-free

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Infant-Toddler Services
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1274
Phone: (785) 291-3368

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

Center-based preschool programs are provided in an environment where children are involved in play-based learning activities. These activities are designed to center on each child’s individual strengths. In the center-based program a team of professionals work together collaboratively in the classroom to address all of the child’s needs. Children with and without disabilities learn and play together at Children’s TLC.

Children’s TLC provides early intervention for infants and toddlers, early childhood special education, early childhood assessments, physical and occupational therapies, speech and language therapy, aquatic therapy, extended school year, outpatient therapy, social work services, and parent education and support.

Children’s TLC offers a deaf classroom. Children as young as one year of age begin to develop gestures to communicate and can learn sign language and early speech production, depending on the extent of the hearing loss, practice and exposure to the language. Many children receive their first hearing aids or cochlear implants at a young age and parent education is critical for successful use of any device to improve communication. Most children are able to integrate into a center-based classroom at age two.

One classroom on the Children’s TLC classroom concentrates on emerging lanuage ability. The Emerging Language and Literacy Project serves children who are identified as language impaired and who are potentially at-risk for difficulties in literacy development during the school years. The learning emphasis is on the language substructure important for development of reading and writing.

Children’s TLC
3101 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Head Start / Early Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Children from birth to age five from families with income below the poverty line are eligible for Head Start (preschool age children) and Early Head Start services (birth to age three and pregnant women). Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of family income. Foster children are also Head Start and Early Head Start eligible regardless of their foster family’s income. There may be children in each program (up to 10%) who are enrolled without meeting the criteria listed above.

MARC oversees Head Start programs in Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area by phone, please call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services at
1-866-763-6481 (toll free)

For a detailed list of Head Start or Early Head Start programs in your area, use website listed below.

Northland Early Education Center

Northland Early Education Center provides quality education and therapy services to children with special needs and those who are typically developing. Our preschool serves children birth to five years of age. Children from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels learn at their own pace while in the classroom with their same-aged peers. NEEC is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We work closely with the Missouri First Steps program to provide services to children with special needs ages birth to three. Those services include Occupational therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Physical therapy, and Special Instruction.

Northland Early Education Center
8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
Tel: 816-420-9005

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.

Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.

Parents as Teachers also offers

  • Personal visits during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Parent group meetings which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
  • Resource network that links your family to other community services.

To find a program near you, contact the National Center at 1-866-PAT4YOU (1-866-728-4968) or on the website

Partners in Behavioral Milestones

Milestones Academy Professional Services (MAPS) is a division of the parent company Partners in Behavioral Milestones, Inc. (PBM). The MAPS program was formed to serve young children with developmental delays including autism, PDD and language delays, who need intensive, early intervention in a center based environment.

Partners in Behavioral Milestones
6412 E. 87th St.
Kansas City, MO 64138
Phone: (816) 501-5138
Toll-Free: (877) 688-0271